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    United Kingdom

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• Investigating biomechanical factors' influence on multi-scale tissue responses, focusing on tendon-bone insertion and mineralized collagen.

20232024

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Keke Zheng is an assistant professor specializing in Biomechanics and Biomaterials. His primary research delves into understanding the relationship between structure and function in collagen-based biological tissues, encompassing both hard substances such as bone and soft tissues like tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Leveraging his expertise in image-based modeling and biomaterial design optimization, particularly for dental and orthopedic applications, his team is dedicated to focusing on the research framework that integrates experimental techniques - including Multiphoton Microscopy, microCT, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Synchrotron x-ray Scattering, among others - with computational simulations, such as Finite Element Analysis, and Dynamic Modeling. This approach aims to delve deep into the multi-phasic and multi-scale mechanobiology of biomaterials. Insights derived from this integration of ex-vivo and in-silico methodologies facilitate the development of cutting-edge biomaterial design and clinical treatment optimization. Dr. Zheng's current research projects include:

  • Investigating biomechanical factors' influence on multi-scale tissue responses, focusing on tendon-bone insertion and mineralized collagen.
  • Studying the impact of aging on the interaction between structure and function in the Achilles tendon.
  • Developing a biomechanical paradigm for diagnosis, treatment planning, and prognostic forecasting in revised Total Knee Replacement procedures.

Biography

Keke Zheng graduated with a B.Eng. (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 2011. Following this, he served as a research engineer at the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute between 2012 and 2014. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 2020, with the support of the Australian Postgraduate Award. Subsequently, he held a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same university from 2019 to 2021. In early 2021, Dr. Zheng relocated to the UK to continue his postdoctoral research at the University of Exeter. By July 2023, he transitioned to the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, taking on the role of Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering.

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