Sophie Williams

Sophie Williams


Sophie is a Professor in Medical Engineering in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.  She was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering post-doctoral fellowship in 2006 and went on to become a member of academic staff and led taught programmes in Medical Engineering for over 10 years.  Sophie has more recently been successful in gaining a Royal Academy of Engineering – DePuy Synthes Senior Research Fellowship and an EPSRC Healthcare Technology Challenge Award to further her research.


  • Director of Research and Innovation, School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Academic Integrity Lead

Research interests

Sophie’s research centres on developing methodologies to better predict outcomes of clinical interventions in the musculoskeletal system and is predominantly focussed on the hip joint.  In particular she is developing an anatomical simulation of the hip joint to better assess mechanical failure mechanisms in the natural and replaced hip.  This work is supported by a Royal Academy of Engineering – DePuy Synthes Senior Research Fellowship  and EPSRC Healthcare Technology Challenge Award. 

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  • BEng (University of Liverpool)
  • PhD (University of Leeds)

Professional memberships

  • CEng Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Orthopaedic Research Society, active member
  • British Orthopaedic Research Society, member of executive committee

Student education

I have led and taught on modules including; Engineering Materials, Biotribology, Biomaterials, Basic Orthoapedic Engineering, Structure and Function of the Body and co-direct the CPD course "Leeds Orthopaedic Biomechanics".  Additionally I supervise individual and team student projects.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering

Current postgraduate researchers

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