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  • PhD (2002), Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Research & Scholarship Interests

Multi-scale bone biomechanics – how the structure and composition of bone influences its mechanical properties; mechano-adaptation of bone and joint – how tissue responds to mechanical signals
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 Imperial College London Rector’s Medal of Excellence in Teaching
  • 2010 Royal Academy of Engineering Exxon Mobil Teaching Award
  • 2010 Faculty of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2010 Department of Bioengineering student selected ‘Best Teacher’ Award
  • 2005 RCUK Academic Fellowship
  • 2002 National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship

Teaching Interests

  • Solid mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics

Selected Publications

  • R.B. Woodward, S.J. Shefelbine, R. Vaidyanathan, Pervasive Monitoring of Motion and Muscle Activation: Inertial and Mechanomyography Fusion, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 22(5), 2017, 2022-2033
  • R. DeSouza, B. Javaheri, R.S. Collinson, C. Chenu, S.J. Shefelbine, P.D. Lee, A.A. Pitsillides, Prolonging Disuse in Aged Mice Amplifies Cortical but not Trabecular Bones’ Response to Mechanical Loading, Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions, 17(3), 2017, 218-225
  • K.P. Chadwick, S.J. Shefelbine, Pitsillides, J.R. Hutchinson, Finite-Element Modelling of Mechanobiological Factors Influencing Sesamoid Tissue Morphology in the Patellar Tendon of an Ostrich, Royal Society Open Science, 4(6), 2017, 170133
  • P. Yadav, S.J. Shefelbine, E. Pontén, E.M. Gutierrez-Farewik, Influence of Muscle Groups’ Activation on Proximal Femoral Growth Tendency, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 2017
  • A.E. Draghici, D. Potart, J.L. Hollmann,V. Pera, Q. Fang, C.A. DiMarzio, J.A.Taylor, M.J. Niedre, S.J. Shefelbine, Near Infrared Spectroscopy for Measuring Changes in Bone Hemoglobin Content after Exercise in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society, 36(1), 2017, 183-191
  • A.E. Draghici, G. Picard, J.A. Taylor S.J. Shefelbine, Assessing Kinematics and Kinetics of Functional Electrical Stimulation Rowing, Journal of Biomechanics, 53, 2017, 120-126
  • M. Nguyen, P. Singhal, J.W. Piet, S.J. Shefelbine, M. Maden, S.R. Voss, J. R. Monaghan, Retinoic Acid Receptor Regulation of Epimorphic and Homeostatic Regeneration in the Axolotl, Development (Cambridge, England), 144(4), 2017, 601-611
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Related News

July 27, 2017

MIE/BioE Associate Professor Sandra Shefelbine awarded $650K NSF "Mechanobiology of Joint Morphogenesis: Manipulating Salamander Limbs" grant to study joint development by examining the regenerating limbs of salamanders.

February 1, 2017

BioE Assistant Professor Ambika Bajpayee (PI) and MIE/BioE Associate Professor Sandra Shefelbine (Collaborator) awarded a $310K DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Discovery Award

August 16, 2016

Using the injury of French gymnast Samir Ait Said during the Olympics, MIE associate professor Sandra Shefelbine explains how bones can break when different loads are placed on them.