Dr Dawn Groves

Dr Dawn Groves


I obtained an MSc in Medical Engineering from the University of Hull before completing my PhD in 'Geometric Variances in Hip Osteoarthritis and Tribology of the Natural Hip', under the supervision of Dr S. Williams and Prof J. Fisher in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE), at the University of Leeds.  Prior to studying medical engineering, I worked for a number of years as a registered Operating Department Practitioner, having trained at the Wakefield and Pontefract College of Health.  Having spent many hours working in orthopaedic operating theatres, I developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal medicine and widened my clinical skills by re-training to become a chartered physiotherapist, graduating with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Bradford.

I am very interested in promoting public and patient (PPI) activities and have taken part in numerous public engagement (PE) activities whilst at iMBE.  As part of this work I created the 'What’s in the Box' activity, which was designed to be accessible to both children and adults.  I am able to apply my clinical knowledge, previous and current work experience to the field of medical engineering as well as to my work on the faculty research ethics committee.


  • Chair of MEEC (Faculties of Maths, Engineering & Physical Sciences) Research Ethics Committee

Research interests

I currently coordinate the collection of orthopaedic explants, and manage the day-to-day running of the Leeds Retrievals Laboratory.  In addition to research relating to orthopaedic retrievals analysis, I am also working on a project investigating variations in total hip replacement component positioning due to anatomical, biomechanical and surgical variations. Other areas of research that I am involved with include investigating the geometry of the native hip joint in patients with femoroacetabular impingement and in-vitro simulation studies of the natural hip joint. I also have some previous experience working in the areas of tribocorrosion and contact mechanics, both relating to total hip replacements.

I have a keen interest in early intervention for osteoarthritis and exploring potential relationships between the operative procedure, patient rehabilitation, and the failure of joint replacements from a medical engineering perspective.

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


  • PhD (Geometric Variances in Hip Osteoarthritis & Tribology of the Natural Hip, University of Leeds)
  • MSc Medical Engineering (University of Hull)
  • PGCert Rehabilitation Studies (University of Bradford)
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (University of Bradford)

Professional memberships

  • AMIMechE (Associate Member: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ORS (Member: The Orthopaedic Research Society)
  • MCSP (Registered Member: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
  • AfPP (Member: The Association for Perioperative Practice)

Student education

I am involved with co-supervising undergraduate level 3, level 4 and MSc students, and I help with teaching anatomy and physiology related modules.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering