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Dr Bethany Keenan

Dr Bethany Keenan

Postdoc RA for the Director of Engineering

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+44 (0)29 2068 7650
Room S4.03, Adeiladau'r Frenhines -Adeilad y De, 5 The Parade, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd, CF24 3AA


Bethany Keenan is a Post-doctoral Research Associate for the Head of School of Engineering.  Her work involves various projects in the area of soft tissue mechanics. She works with industrial and clinical collaborators, and researchers from other Schools around the University (Bioscience, Mathematics, Dentistry, Psychology and CUBRIC) to gain experience in multi-disciplinary fields.

Dr Keenan is also the Deputy Research Staff Co-ordinator in Engineering and a STEM Ambassador.


Dr Keenan completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Engineering at Cardiff University in 2011. She then moved to Brisbane, Australia to read a PhD in Medical Imaging and Biomechanical Analysis of Scoliosis Progression in the Growing Adolescent Spine at Queensland University of Technology in May 2015. Her research project involved a ten month internship at Laboratoire de Biomécanique, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France and entailed investigating the mechanics of the progressive scoliotic spine during the adolescent growth phase.

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2017 - Image-Based Biomedical Modeling Fellowship, University of Utah, USA.

2015 - Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders ‘Most Influential Articles of 2015’ for the paper entitled ‘Gravity-Induced Coronal Plane Joint Moments in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis’.

2011 - Queensland University of Technology Supervisor Scholarship - a 3 year PhD project at QUT as part of the Florence Wilson Bequest, Brisbane.

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Member of Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) Research

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2016 - Present: Postdoctoral Research Assoicate, Cardiff University

February - September 2015: Clinical Research Associate, QUT and Lady Cilento Hospital, Australia

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- XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Scotland

- Asia Pacific Conference of Biomechanics, Japan

- Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Society of Australia, Australia


- École Nationale Supérieure des Mines, St Etienne, France – Conférence IFRESIS Seminar (Invited Speaker)

- Laboratoire de Biomécanique Arts et Métiers, ParisTech, Paris, France (Invited Speaker)

- World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston (Poster Presentation)

- International Research Society of Spinal Deformities, Japan

- Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Society of Australia, Australia


- International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, IFMBE and Biomedical Engineering Society, Singapore

- Asia Pacific Conference of Biomechanics, Korea

- Adelaide Centre for Spine Research, Symposium XI, Australia

- Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Society of Australia, Australia

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Early Career Research Network (ECRN) Committee member

BIOSI/ENGIN Committee member











Guest lecturer in Biomechanics for Yr 2 and Yr 3 Medical Engineering students.

Mechanical, Manufacturing and Medical Engineering (MMM)

Research theme: Mechanics, Materials and Advanced Manufacturing