Dr Blake McCall


Blake joined iMBE as a research fellow at the start of 2021, where he is investigating the biotribological and biomechanical function of early-stage treatments for knee osteoarthritis. His research aims to assess the tribological performance of decellularised osteochondral grafts using a preclinical whole human knee simulation model. He is also working alongside Dr Aiqin Liu to develop a model to assess the ability of meniscus allograft transplantation in restoring the natural biomechanics of the knee. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Blake studied for a PhD at Aston University with the aim of characterising the role of pin movement in external fracture fixation on the mechanisms of pin-site infection and wound healing. This research was highly multi-disciplinary, bringing together biomechanical engineering, 3D cell-culture and microbiology to develop an in-vitro model of the external fixation pin-site.

Research interests

Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Tissue Engineering


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  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering (Aston University)
  • MEng (Hons) First Class (Aston University)
  • BEng (Hons) First Class (University of West of England)

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering