Our biomedical engineering teaching staff undertake cross-disciplinary health research. The exceptional quality of research in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading. Our staff are also part of the Biomedical Engineering Research Unit, based in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Meet the team:
Prof James Wolffsohn is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor to work closely with the Provost on academic issues related to LIS and IT. He is one of the first recipients of a 50th Aston Anniversary Chair and recently being awarded the Vice-Chancellors medal. Previously Deputy Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences in which the Biomedical Engineering degree is managed in collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He has a health background, achieving a First class Optometry degree from Manchester, completed his clinical pre-registration at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and a PhD at Cardiff University. Following a clinical/research position in Australia, he was appointed by Aston University in 2000. He has strong engineering interests, with his research team designing, constructing, validating and marketing a wide range of health instrumentation.
Dr Antonio Fratini is a lecturer at Aston University. He has an Electronic Engineering background and a PhD in Bioengineering. Antonio is a specialist in the design and development of low power electronic devices, numerical filtering, statistical analysis and pattern recognition. His experience includes the management of a wide range of projects with private and public international partnership, with which he secured significant research funding.
He is lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, member of various scientific societies and an internationally recognized researcher. His research interests sit in the areas of biomedical signal and data processing as demonstrated by his publications and invitations at leading conferences worldwide.
Dr Michael Aspinall
is a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at Aston University. He has a Mechatronic Engineering degree (2005) and a PhD in Engineering (2008). Michael specialises in high speed digital electronics and digital processing algorithms for real time digital assay of mixed radiation fields. He also has an interest in product commercialization.
He has worked in both academia and industry with over five years experience as a Systems Engineer commercializing technologies developed during his PhD. Michael has three patents, over 20 refereed publications with more than 300 citations, and has supported the award of significant funding grants.
Dr Qasim Rafiq is a Lecturer in Bioprocess Engineering at Aston University with a specific focus on the manufacture, translation and commercialization of cell, gene and tissue-based therapies.
He has established and currently lead the Bioprocess Engineering Research Group, a new, multidisciplinary research area within the School of Life and Health Science focusing on biomanufacture of advanced therapeutics including cell, gene and tissue-based therapy.
Dr Tecla Bonci teaches on the Biomedical Engineering course at Aston University. She has a Biomedical Engineering background (MD and BSc at the Università Politecnica delle Marche) and she defended her PhD in Bioengineering in cotutelle with the Università di Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum and the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in 2015.
Her main research focus concerns increasing the resolution of human movement analysis, performed using stereophotogrammetry, addressing the principal sources of error in this context. Author of different articles in international peer-reviewed journals in the biomechanical field.
Dr Thomas Drew's background is in Astrospace and Mechanical Engineering, but he later specialised in the design and development of instrumentation equipment for use in research and industry.
He is currently a Research Fellow at Aston University, founding partner of Aston EyeTech Limited and consultant in instrumentation design. The past six years has seen Thomas work in both the Ophthalmic and Pharmaceutical industries undertaking projects for global players where he has developed numerous pieces of electro-mechanical and electro-optical instrumentation. Additionally, Thomas has also secured significant research funding, published internationally in top journals, and presented at leading conferences.
Mr Francesco Menduni is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the European Dry Eye Network, where he is currently developing an in-vitro animal model to evaluate novel pharmaceutical approaches to Dry Eye Disease management.
His academic background and passion is Bioengineering, at the interphase between the biology of repair and biomedical technologies. In particular, he graduated summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering at Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, where he had the chance to gain solid background knowledge not only in rapid prototyping, signal, and image processing, but also in subject areas related to biomaterials and tissue engineering. Additionally, Francesco has been engaged in the development and distribution of high performances/low cost Biomedical Technologies over the past three years, taking active part in different non-profit organizations supporting the traditional biomedical world.
Mr Karl Obszanski studied Aerospace Engineering & Astronautics at Kingston University, London during which he spent a semester studying in California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. After graduation in 2006 he spent time travelling and lived in San Diego, California working as project coordinator for Microtest. The role was fantastic and involved time in many locations such as Maui Hawaii, Park City Utah and Bali, Indonesia. Returned to the UK after about 5 years away and worked for Graze, Nature Delivered in London as an industrial design engineer. The company was small when he joined and he was involved in everything and anything that needed to get done. Fast paced and forward thinking, the company grew fast and they opened up a factory in New Jersey USA- a project which he was heavily involved in.
In 2015 a rare new opportunity to study a PhD at Aston University appeared and he took it. He moved from London to a new city and another adventure awaits.