Genevieve is currently undertaking her PhD, which involves developing a functional biomechanical model to investigate human meniscal kinematics in-vitro. Having come from a BSc background in Sport Science and Physiology, Genevieve decided to build upon her knowledge of health, exercise and the mechanics of the human body by undertaking a MSc in Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds. This fuelled her interests and further developed her knowledge in engineering principles, project management and in-vitro experimentation. This inspired Genevieve to undertake her PhD within the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.
Genevieve’s research is centred around improving our understanding of the function of the knee meniscus, in terms of its mobility during dynamic knee motion. In addition, how this function is altered during clinically relevant injury states, such as during meniscal extrusion, where the meniscus position moves radially outside of the joint space. Genevieve’s research builds upon current departmental methods involving the advanced simulation of natural knee joints from both porcine and cadaveric samples, using programmed gait cycles.
Injuries to the meniscus, which may occur during sporting activities or through degeneration, have strong clinical associations with osteoarthritis in later life. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases in the western world and is extremely costly to the health service. Therefore, creating in-vitro biomechanical models can be extremely effective to examine the effects of meniscal injuries and interventions from a mechanical point of view.
To find out more about the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering’s research, visit imbe.leeds.ac.uk/research/.
- MSc Medial Engineering
- BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Physiology
Research groups and institutes
- Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering