Dr James Bell

Dr James Bell

Research Associate

School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

I am a researcher working within the Structural Biophysics Group. 


2006: BSc Mathematics and Physics, Class I, University of Exeter

2010: PhD Physics, 'The relationship between the structure and mechanical properties of articular cartilage'.

Career overview

2015 - present: Research Associate, Cardiff University.

2010 - 2015: Associate Research Fellow / Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Honours and awards

2012: 62nd British Microcirculation Society Meeting - 2nd Joint Meeting with the American Microcirculation Society. 'Structural changes in loaded blood vessels'. Best Technology Abstract.

Speaking engagements

2015: British Association for Surgery of the Knee Spring Conference. 'Morphological and chemical changes in human articular cartilage following RF coblation chondroplasty'. The International Centre, Telford 

2014: British Microcirculation Society Young Investigators Conference. 'Nonlinear microscopy as a probe of blood vessel micromechanics'. University of Warwick.

Committees and reviewing

2015 - present: Member of IT Committee

My research involves quantifying the mechanical properties of ocular tissue, and relating my findings to micro- and nano-structure. I analyse mechanical and microstructural changes associated with ocular diseases, treatment, and corrective surgery.

My past work includes assessment of treatment methodologies for cartilage treatment in osteoarthritis, and elucidating the effect of diabetes mellitus on the microvasculature.