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Dr Gemma Whatling

Dr Gemma Whatling

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

School of Engineering

+44 (0)29 2087 6348
T0.09, Trevithick Building, The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA

Dr Gemma Whatling is a Medical Engineer specialising in Biomechanics and Orthopaedics. She teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and is the Tutor for the MSc Orthopaedic Engineering degree programme. She is a Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She received a first class honours MEng degree in Medical Engineering in 2005 and PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2009, both from Cardiff University.  Prior to her lecturing position, she was a Cardiff Academic Fellow progressing to a Senior Research Fellow within the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre and undertook an International Travelling Fellowship from the British Orthopaedic Research Society in 2012. Her main research is on osteoarthritis, the effects of treatments, surgical efficacy and planning, functional classification and monitoring patient recovery. She is an active member of the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER)  (, founding member and past Chair of the Cardiff Women in Science (CWIS) Network (, University Athena Swan Steering Group and School of Engineering Athena Swan Committee.Mechanical, Manufacturing and Medical Engineering
Health, Technology and the Digital World

Memberships and Fellowships * Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. * Fellow of the Higher Education Academy * Member of the British Orthopaedic Research Society * International Travelling Fellowship 2012, British Orthopaedic Research Society Committee Membership * Trustee of the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust 2007 (since 2013) * Council Member of the Women’s Engineering Society (2014 – 2016) * Director and Trustee of the Women’s Engineering Society (2012 – 2014) Key Awards * 2013 Rising Star Award, Cardiff University * 2011 Karen Burt Memorial Award, Women’s Engineering Society * 2009 Travel Bursary, Welsh Livery Guild * 2008 David Douglas Award, SWIEET2007 * 2006 Mercia Award, The Worshipful Company of Engineers
















Title People Sponsor Value Duration
Investigation of gait and functional activities using 3D motion analysis in patients with knee osteoarthritis and in normal healthy volunteers Sparkes V, Holt C, Whatling G GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Pte Ltd 76383.5 09/06/2014 - 31/03/2015
Upgrading the small equipment base for early career researchers in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Holford K, Whatling G, Lees J, Anderson P I, Brousseau E, Cipcigan L M, Pullin R, Bigot S, Theobald P, Simpson R N, Kawashita L F, Clarke A EPSRC 498326 01/11/2012 - 31/03/2013
Upgrading the small equipment base for early career researchers in the Engineering and Physical sciences Whatling G EPSRC 45354 01/11/2012 - 31/03/2013
Development of a novel surgical planning tool for high tibial osteotomy and a used musculoskeletal model to determine the changes in internal knee loading. Whatling G EPSRC 93927 01/04/2012 - 31/03/2013
ARUK Biomechanics & Bioengineering Centre Holt C, Whatling G, Evans S Arthritis Research UK 420000 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2020
Musculoskeletal Research Centre Holt C, Whatling G, Jones P, Mitchard D Welsh Government 2500000 01/04/2015 - 31/03/2017
The relationship between alignment, function and loading in total knee replacement: In-vivo analysis of a unique patient population Holt C, Whatling G, Roberts H (BIOSI) Furlong Research Charitable Foundation 29562 01/08/2011 - 31/07/2012
Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre Duance V, Caterson B, Mason D, Blain E, Evans B, Williams A, Jones S, Birchall J, Van Deursen R, Sparkes V, Aeschlimann D, Wise R, Holt C, Evans S, Whatling G Arthritis Research UK 19974 01/10/2014 - 31/03/2015

Supervised Students

Title Student Status Degree
Does gait retraining have the potential to slow OA development and prolong the benefits of knee realignment surgery Jake Bowd Current PhD
Quantifying the interactions and effects of joint function, pathology and pain in end-stage OA to understand why Total Knee Replacement outcomes vary Benjamin Greenwood Current PhD
Biomechanical Loading of the knee joint  GHAZWAN Aseel Mohammed Ali Hussein Current PhD
Development and validation of biomechanical models to investigate knee osteoarthritis


Current PhD
Dynamic modelling of the shoulder complex  LAFTA Hassanain Ali Current PhD

Classification of Biomechanical Changes in Gait Following Total Knee Replacement: An Objective, Multi-feature Analysis

BIGGS Paul Robert Graduate


Development Of Novel Methodologieas To Quantify, Analyse And Classifiy In-Vitro Knee Function Affected By Aging, Osteoarthritis And Total Knee Replacement

WATLING Daniel Graduate