Sahand Zanjani-pour

Dr Sahand Zanjani-pour
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Proof of concept project within Work Package 7 of Multisim.

The  project that I am working on aims to develop a realistic mouse knee’s FE model capable of growing as observed experimentally and, potentially, propose a new mechanoregulation algorithm for bone and cartilage growth derived by means of constrained optimisation techniques.

The academic projects that I have  been involved in were mostly aimed at subject specific modelling of soft and hard tissues. The aim of my PhD project was to incorporate the FE modelling and MR images to explore spinal stress distributions in different postures. As I was writing up my PhD thesis, I worked on a part-time research project as an associate research fellow. This project was a collaboration between University of Exeter and Bournemouth University in which  more sophisticated 3D designs and models of a human lumbar spine were created by incorporating the contact behaviour and the use of quantitative fluoroscopy data.

 

I have  also been involved in a project as an “entrepreneur lead” to potentially commercialise a microscopy calibration tool. This project was awarded an Innovation to Commercialisation (ICURe) award, led by SETsquared and funded by HEFCE and InnovateUK.

 

Education

  • 2013 – 2016     Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (DPhil) – University of Exeter
  • 2007 – 2012     Master of Engineering (MEng) – University of Birmingham & Amirkabir University of Technology

Publications

  • Zanjani-Pour, S., Winlove, C. P., Smith, C. W., & Meakin, J. R. (2016). Image driven subject-specific finite element models of spinal biomechanics. Journal of Biomechanics, 49(6), pp. 919–925.
  • Zanjani-Pour, S., Meakin, J. R., Breen, A., & Breen, A. (2017). Estimation of in vivo inter-vertebral loading during motion using fluoroscopic and magnetic resonance image informed finite element models, In press

Conferences

  • “Intervertebral Disc Stress in Standing and Sitting; Magnetic Resonance Imaging Based Finite Element Study ” – (Oral presentation), International Society of Biomechanics (ISB),  12-16 July 2015, Glasgow
  • “Intervertebral Disc Stress in Standing and Sitting; Magnetic Resonance Imaging Based Finite Element Study ” – (Poster presentation) Henry V Crock Lecture 30 September 2015, 06 November 2015 London, UK
  • “Stresses On The Discs in Different Postures” – (Poster presentation) Spotlights on Sciatica; Society of back pain research (SBPR), 14-15 November 2013, London, UK

Awards

  • Best poster award – “Discs Conference”, Henry V Crock Lecture, London, September 2015
  • Best poster award – “Early Career Research Network”, University of Exeter, June 2016

Funding

  • Travel grant; – To attend “Modelathon competition”, University of Exeter, 2016
  • £35k grant; – ICURe Innovation to Commercialisation (funded by HEFCE and InnovateUK), November 2016
  • £15k grant; – ICURe Innovation to Commercialisation (funded by HEFCE and InnovateUK), March 2017

Memberships

  • International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)