School of Engineering

Bioneer Research Group


The Bioneer research group has been recently established to explore research problems in biological systems solved at the boundary of engineering and life sciences.

Our group is multidisciplinary and incorporates interests in bio-solid and bio-fluid mechanics, biomimetics, biological and medical imaging, biomaterials and advanced modelling and simulation. Facilities are state-of-the-art and exploit the latest in manufacturing technology, predominantly using 3D printing, as well as the recently established Zeiss Global Centre to support 3D microCT imaging and numerical/FE modelling capacity.

Specific solutions the group provides include understanding the function of biological systems in healthy and diseased conditions, multi-scale modelling of structure-function relationships in tissues complemented by novel bioimaging, and the manufacture of bioinspired structures and their optimisation for conventional and translational engineering applications.

The group has established links with key strategic partners including Diamond Light Source, Carl Zeiss Ltd., Glaxo Smith Klein, the National Heart and Lung Institute, and the Royal National Orthopaedic and Queen Alexandra Hospitals. The group has attracted funding from the Royal Society as well as from Research councils such as the EPSRC.

Zeiss XRadia machine in use

The University of Portsmouth is a Zeiss Global Centre for 3D microCT imaging and numerical/FE modelling.

A 3D scan

A piece of textile scanned using one of our Zeiss Xradia microscopy machines. Credit: Professor Asa Barber.


Professor Asa Barber Head: Bioinspiration, Hard and Soft Tissue Mechanics, 3D Printing, Imaging

Dr Afshin Anssari-Benam: Cardiovascular Biomechanics, Soft Tissue Engineering and Modelling, Continuum Mechanics

Dr Andrea Bucchi: FEM, Fluid Structure Interaction, Cardiovascular Biomechanics

Dr James Buick: Bio-Fluid Mechanics

Dr John Chiverton: Image Processing 2D/3D/4D; including VTK, ITK, OpenCV, PCL

Dr Ya Huang: Human-motion Interaction, Biomechanics, Whole-body Vibration

Dr Jason Knight: Bio-inspired aerodynamics, Flow visualisation, CFD, Fluid Structure Interaction

Dr Martino Pani: FEM, Bone Mechanics, (μ)CT-based Subject-specific Modelling

Dr Gianluca Tozzi: MicroCT 3D/4D Imaging, DIC/DVC, Bone, Biomaterials

Dr Branislav Vuksanovic (Signal and Image Processing, Acoustics, Adaptive Filtering)