Imperial College London

Dr Nicolas Newell

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering




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Nic focuses his research in the area of spine biomechanics. He graduated with an MEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Durham University in 2009. He finished his PhD in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London in 2013 before moving to Queensland University of Technology for a postdoc (2013-2015) and returning to Imperial for a second postdoc in the Department of Bioengineering (2015-2018). He started an Imperial College Research Fellowship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2018 and became a Lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering in 2021.



Tavana S, Davis B, Canali I, et al., 2023, A novel tool to quantify in vivo lumbar spine kinematics and 3D intervertebral disc strains using clinical MRI, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol:140, ISSN:1751-6161, Pages:1-12

Wai G, Rusli W, Ghouse S, et al., 2023, Statistical shape modelling of the thoracic spine for the development of pedicle screw insertion guides, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Vol:22, ISSN:1617-7940, Pages:123-132

Rahman T, Baxan N, Murray R, et al., 2022, An in vitro comparison of three nucleus pulposus removal techniques for partial intervertebral disc replacement: An ultra-high resolution MRI study, Jor Spine, ISSN:2572-1143

Sanz-Pena I, Arachchi S, Curtis-Woodcock N, et al., 2022, Obtaining patient torso geometry for the design of scoliosis braces. A study of the accuracy and repeatability of handheld 3D scanners, Prosthetics and Orthotics International, Vol:46, ISSN:0309-3646, Pages:e374-e382

Caldeira J, Celiz A, Newell N, 2022, A biomechanical testing method to assess tissue adhesives for annulus closure, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol:129, ISSN:1751-6161, Pages:105150-105150

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