Dr Marlène Mengoni

Dr Marlène Mengoni


After a PhD (2012, University of Liège, BE) dealing with computer modelling of orthodontic tooth movement, Dr Mengoni joined the institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2013 as a Research Fellow and applied her expertise in natural tissues modelling to the characterisation of the non-linear micromechanics of the intervertebral disc. Her work on the disc has been recognised internationally, being nominated as finalist of the Clinical Biomechanics award of the ESB in 2014. Marlène joined the academic staff of the School of Mechanical Engineering in 2015 as a School Research Fellow then as a Lecturer (2019) and Associate Professor (2022). She is a board member of the VPHi UK-chapter and on the Council of the European Society of Biomechanics.


  • Library Rep and open data lead
  • Lead projects and transversal skills theme team

Research interests

Dr Marlène Mengoni is a member of the Insitute of Medical & Biological Engineering (to find out more about the insitute’ research, visit imbe.leeds.ac.uk).

Dr Mengoni is interested in theoretical aspects of musculoskeletal tissues biomechanics with a fundamental computational engineering approach.

Her focus is on understanding and modelling tissues behaviour, specifically to understand sources of variation and to predict the occurrence and propagation of damage due to clinical interventions in view of possible optimisation of these interventions. She currently works mainly on the spine (intervertebral disc and facet joint) but is collaborating on projects dealing with ankles, knees and previously hips

Dr Mengoni has built collaborations in the UK with the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester, in Europe with the University of Liège (BE), KULeuven (BE), ETH Zurich (CH), U. Zaragoza (SP), and with the University of Auckland (NZ).

Dr Mengoni has also developed public engagement activities presenting 3D imaging and modelling within a touch-screen app. This work was supported by a ISSF Wellcome Trust award in 2013

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  • PhD Engineering (2012)
  • MRes Biomedical Engineering (2005)
  • BSc+MSc Engineering in Physics (2004)

Professional memberships

  • HEA (Fellow)
  • VPH insitiute (Member and UK-chapter board member)
  • European Society of Biomechanics (Member and council member)

Student education

I lead undergraduate project module and a postgraduate module on non-linear finite element analysis. I also supervise individual and team project students at UG and PGT levels.

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
  • Centre for Computational Engineering

Current postgraduate researchers

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