Sarah Crossland

Sarah Crossland


I qualified with a MPhys (Hons) in Physics from Durham University, during which time I developed an interest in experimental physics, particularly materials science, and applied mathematics. Following this, I completed a BSc (Hons) in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Salford, applying my physics background to design, develop, fit and deliver a range of prosthetic limbs and orthoses. I am a HCPC registered Prosthetist-Orthotist and currently hold an honorary contract with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust with a focus on diabetic foot care.

I am a member of the EPSRC funded Integrated Tribology CDT (@ITCDT), where my PhD is focused on developing cost-effective strain toolkits for working towards risk assessing the diabetic foot, working across three Institutes within the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Alongside this, I am involved in a range of public engagement activities including working as an Education Outreach Fellow teaching and promoting maths and higher education opportunities to school and community groups throughout Yorkshire. 


Research interests

My research interests centre around biomedical engineering for biotribology, with a focus on the interactions of skin. At present I am investigating understanding diabetic ulceration pathways and the plantar aspect tribology of the foot to help inform healthcare development. I work alongside clinicians to develop processes that could be implementable and beneficial to the clinical environment.

Diabetic Foot risk assessment pathway for strain analysis

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  • BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics (University of Salford)
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics (Durham University)

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Functional Surfaces
  • Institute of Design, Robotics and Manufacturing
  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering