Health and Engineering

Our research focuses on unlocking new techniques for improving patients' lives using the power of science and engineering


Academics at Aston University are engaged in research that has the potential to dramatically improve patients' overall health and quality of life.

We are working closely with hospitals both locally and internationally, in addition to clinical consultants and industry. We take academic research and find ways to apply our expertise in a practical way to solve real-world challenges in healthcare.

We are actively engaged with collaborators in the UK and abroad, and we welcome new partnerships from potential stakeholders, including:

  • Consultants
  • Healthcare workers
  • Start-ups 
  • Universities
  • External companies

Our Research

We perform cutting-edge research in many areas of engineering and apply it to areas of healthcare, including:

Biomedical Sensors

Our researchers perform analyses into electrophysiology, cardiac mechanics, wearable electronics and optics.

Biomechanics and Orthopaedics

We are investigating postural control, gait analysis, physiotherapy, sport biomechanics in our ALIVE research labs, as well as bone fracture analysis, prosthetic implants, biofluid, 3D printing for surgical planning, with international partners and dedicated research centres.

Biofluids and Microfluidics

This research involves experimental and computational fluid dynamics, bioprocessing, particle image velocimetry.

Biomaterials Research

Manufacturing and characterising biomaterials for both hard- and soft tissue engineering applications within our research institutes AIMR and AIPT.

Medical Devices

We design and develop new medical devices in the following areas:

  • Ophthalmic
  • In-Vitro devices
  • Bio-photonics applications
  • Sport and rehabilitation training devices

Success Stories

Our research is rewarding, and some of our better-known successes involve contact lens metrology, applications to improve children and seniors health, tackling challenges around the COVID19 pandemic, and more fundamental research in areas such as antimicrobial research, 3D printing, and much more.

The Engineering and Health group integrates an array of interdisciplinary specialists from a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Engineering (specially biomedical, chemical, electrical and mechanical, optical and software)
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Optometry and more.

All this expertise, combined with state-of-the-art facilities, are combined in multidisciplinary research teams that are constructed to achieve our specific research objectives.