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Dr Gemma Whatling MEng PhD CEng MIMechE FHEA

Dr Gemma Whatling

MEng PhD CEng MIMechE FHEA

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

School of Engineering

Email
whatlinggm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6348
Campuses
T0.09, Trevithick Building, The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

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)  (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/citer/), founding member and past Chair of the Cardiff Women in Science (CWIS) Network (http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/cwis/), University Athena Swan Steering Group and School of Engineering Athena Swan Committee.Mechanical, Manufacturing and Medical Engineering
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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) http://swieet2007.org * 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

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I contribute to the teaching and project supervision on the following modules:

  • EN4107 - Biomechanics & Biomedical Engineering
  • EN4419 - Ergonomics
  • EN1048 - Engineering Applications (Medical engineering design, make and test activity)
  • EN3100 - Year 3 project supervision
  • EN2451 - Biomechanics 1

I also manage the teaching laboratory within the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility

Contracts

Title

Role

Sponsor

Value

Duration

ARUK Biomechanics & Bioengineering Centre

Co-I

Arthritis Research UK

£420,000

2016 - 2020

Kinematics at the base of the normal thumb: An analysis of healthy thumbs combining bi-planar fluoroscopy, motion capture and 3D modelling

Principal Collaborator

Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand

€9907

2019 - 2020

From brain to biomechanics: quantifying human dexterity

Co-I

Wellcome Trust (ISSF3)

£45,668

2019 - 2020

Past Grants

Title

Role

Sponsor

Value

Duration

Musculoskeletal Research Centre

Co-I

Welsh Government

£2,500,000 (Cardiff University match funded £2,500,000)

2015 - 2019

Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre

Co-I

Arthritis Research UK

£19,974

2014 - 2015

Investigation of gait and functional activities using 3D motion analysis in patients with knee osteoarthritis and in normal healthy volunteers

Co-I

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Pte Ltd

£104,221

2014 - 2016

Upgrading the small equipment base for early career researchers in the Engineering and Physical Sciences

Co-I

EPSRC

£498,326

2012 - 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.

PI

EPSRC

£93,927

2012 - 2013

The relationship between alignment, function and loading in total knee replacement: In-vivo analysis of a unique patient population

Co-I

Furlong Research Charitable Foundation

£29,562

2011 - 2012

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Surgical and rehabilitation outcome
  • Surgical planning
  • Movement disorders
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gait retraining
  • Therapy medical device design

Current PGR Projects

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

Marina De Vecchis

Current

PhD

Current supervision

Jake Bowd

Research student

Marina De Vecchis

Research student

Past projects

Project Title

Student

Status

Degree

Development and validation of biplane fluoroscopy

WILLIAMS  David Elwyn

Graduated

PhD

Dynamic modelling of the shoulder complex

LAFTA Hassanain Ali

Graduated

PhD

Muscle strategies and mechanical loading in patients with osteoarthritis

GHAZWAN Aseel Mohammed Ali Hussein

Graduated

PhD

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

BIGGS Paul Robert

Graduated

PhD

Development of novel methodologies to quantify, analyse and classifiy in-vivo knee function affected by aging, osteoarthritis and total knee replacement

WATLING Daniel

Graduated

PhD