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Research interests

Yuhang's research interests mainly span from experimental and computational mechanics to their applications in multiphasic and multiscale heterogeneous materials in biomedical engineering, such as tissue scaffolds, soft and hard tissue mechanics and mechanics of cancer. The research in Yuhang's lab is highly interdisciplinary and at the interface of engineering, materials science and biomedicine. Examples of recent projects include

•    Multiscale mechanics and morphology in soft tissue cancers

•    Solid and fluidic characterisations for microstructures of porous materials

•    Release mechanism and microstructural modeling/design of biodegradable systems

•    Structural optimization: size, shape and topology

•    Mechanobiology; Cell mechanics; Computational tissue engineering


Yuhang received his B.Eng. in Mechanics (2007) from Tongji University, China and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney (USyd) (2011). He then completed a Postdoctoral Research  Fellowship at USyd during 2011-2012 and also worked as a visiting scholar in civil engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, USA in 2012. Yuhang joined the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-watt University, UK as an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering in March 2012.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human Health
  • Functional Materials
  • Tissue Mechanics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Cancer Mechanics
  • Multiscale Modelling
  • Computational Mechanics


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