James Hopwood

James Hopwood


After graduating from Sport and Exercise Sciences (BSc) from the University of Leeds, I went on to complete a Masters by Research (MRes), which investigated the acute stance phase kinetic and kinematic changes as a result of running shoe design. During my studies, I was selected to take part in the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis summer internship scheme, which gave me my first insight into the role of medical devices and regenerative medicine treatment options for osteoarthritis. Building upon my underlying knowledge of health, exercise and the mechanics of the human body, this inspired me to transition into biomedical engineering and undertake my PhD in the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Combining both research fields into my project allows me to translate my underlying knowledge of human performance into future device development, with the ultimate aim of improving patient’s quality of life.

Research interests

My research interest focusses on biomedical interventions for the treatment of end-stage ankle osteoarthritis. Current research project involves the development of novel experimental simulations for the pre-clinical testing of a total ankle replacement, in order to understand the wear and failure mechanism in ankle replacement patients. I work closely with industry, universities, clinicians, biomechanists and patients to develop simulations that will allow us to progress future device development and improve patient’s quality of life. 

To find out more about the Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering's research visit imbe.leeds.ac.uk

To view my CDT student profile visit https://regenerative-medicine.leeds.ac.uk/profiles/james-hopwood/

Please contact me through email or LinkedIn to discuss my project or find out more about me  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameshopwood/


  • MSc in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • MRes in Footwear Biomechanics
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering