Prof Himadri Gupta


Research Group News

April 2024

Zimpi Helen Kono is awarded a prize by Head of School, Prof Hazel Screen

SEMS holds 7th Russell Binions PhD Symposium

25 April 2024

The 7th annual Russell Binions Memorial PhD Symposium took place on Thursday 25th April at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Each year, The Symposium provides an opportunity for our PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Assistants to formally present their work to their peers and academics in the School. … [more]

March 2024

Songwei Liu with Stephen Timms MP (c) John Deehan Photography and the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee

Students present at parliamentary 'STEM for Britain' event

12 March 2024

On Monday 4th March 2024, four SEMS PhD students, Laura Forster, Ziyu Guo, Songwei Liu and Francisco Ruben Parra-Perea, as well as research fellow Tim Hopkins, were invited to parliament to present their research to Ministers. The five researchers were all shortlisted as finalists in STEM for Britain 2024 – a major … [more]

Dr Richard Whiteley demonstrates the new Nano-inXider

Queen Mary scientists welcome new equipment in a major boost for materials analysis

11 March 2024

The Faculty of Science at Queen Mary University has acquired a new system allowing us to characterise advanced materials to a new level of detail. The installation of a new X-ray scattering system will enable teams from across the sciences to take these measurements in-house for the first time, instead … [more]

February 2024

Hichem Taleb delivers a presentation as part of a two month internship at SEMS

New summer internships programme launched

14 February 2024

As part of a faculty-wide initiative to address systemic underrepresentation of UK BAME students at Postgraduate level, SEMS funded two BAME undergraduate student summer internships. The successful students took part in a variety of work, gaining a broad understanding of research skills and methods as well as academic and industry-based … [more]

November 2023

From top left: Francisco Rubén Parra-Perea, Laura Forster and Yuan Zhang, with Dr Oliver Fenwick.

Award Winning Research Students in 2023 SEMS ILF Research Showcase

14 November 2023

At the recent SEMS research-led Industrial Liaison Forum, there was a showcase from 60 of our current PhD students. The panel of judges this year were made up a wide range of early career researchers (Dr Luis Murillo Herrera, Mr Eugenio Sebastian Suena Galindez, Dr Clemence Nadal, Dr Oliver Brookes and … [more]

September 2023

BioMedEng Innovation Prize awarded to Prof. Karin Hing

BioMedEng23 Conference Highlights the Pioneering Work of Queen Mary Bioengineering

21 September 2023

At the recently concluded BioMedEng23 conference, Queen Mary Bioengineering showcased its prowess and contributions to UK Biomedical Engineering. The two-day event, organised by The Association of Biomedical Engineers, Medical Engineers, and Bioengineers (BioMedEng Association), highlighted remarkable advances in and around the UK biomedical sector. Prof Karin Hing Awarded the Prestigious … [more]

Lujain Musafir, Saskia Hale, Aylish Moore and Semhar Misghina (from left to right)

School celebrates student achievements at IMechE awards

14 September 2023

This week, six BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering students were selected to present their final year projects at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards. Queen Mary's representation included four poster presentations and two oral presentations, given by Saskia Hale, Lujain Musafir, Haipeng Liang, … [more]

April 2022

Research Paper 1st prize (Materials Engineering) to William Amoako Kyei-Manu, presented by Prof. Hazel Screen (Head of School)

5th Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium held at SEMS

27 April 2022

The 5th Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium was held in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 27th April 2022. Over 30 PhD students, in their 2nd and 3rd years, presented their research, to staff and students, in fields ranging from Biomedical, Materials to Mechanical and Robotics Engineering. We had a … [more]

January 2022

The in person recipients line up for a photo at the annual award ceremony. More than half of the staff in the photo are from SEMS.

SEMS Staff Receive Many Awards at the Science and Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony.

27 January 2022

The Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration took place in the Octagon to a large assembled in person gathering and was broadcast simultaneously online to an even larger audience on the 27th January 2022. SEMS had a very large number of the awards with Andrew Spowage winning the Faculty Award for Internationalisation … [more]

January 2021

Image showing live cells in cartilage tissue and the anti-inflammatory effects of TRPV4 activation with GSK101 which prevents biomechanical degradation.

New paper on anti-inflammatory effects of TRPV4 stimulation

11 January 2021

Prof Knight's research group have published a new study showing, for the first time, the anti-inflammatory effects of stimulating the mechanosensitive ion-channel, TRPV4, and its importance in cartilage health. Degenerative joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, are associated with pro-inflammatory signalling which causes degradation of the articular cartilage leading to … [more]

October 2020

Helicoidal plywood structure of stomatopod cuticle, with X-ray diffraction pattern and in situ compression tester

Andrew Zhang's paper published in ACS Nano

12 October 2020

We are delighted that Dr Yi Zhang (Andrew), currently at the Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences at Beijing, has had his paper "Molecular to Macroscale Energy Absorption Mechanisms in Biological Body Armour Illuminated by Scanning X-ray Diffraction with In Situ Compression" accepted in ACS Nano (https://… [more]

October 2019

Yanhong Wang with her PhD examiners Dr. Junning Chen (University of Exeter) and Dr. Haixue Yan (Queen Mary University of London) after the viva.

Yanhong Wang defends her PhD thesis

25 October 2019

Congratulations to Yanhong Wang, who successfully defended her PhD thesis "Synchrotron X-ray nanomechanical imaging applied to multiscale deformation in biological armour" today. Yanhong's examiners were Dr. Junning Chen (University of Exeter) and Dr. Haixue Yan (Queen Mary University of London). [more]

Schematic of different strain-rates encountered by bone during use (left) and the structural model of mineralized matrix deformation at the micro- and nanoscale.

Li Xi's paper on strain-rate dependence of bone accepted in BONE

14 October 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Li Xi, currently at Beijing Institute of Technology, China, whose paper "Reduction of fibrillar strain-rate sensitivity in steroid-induced osteoporosis linked to changes in mineralized fibrillar nanostructure" has been accepted as part of the special issue in BONE honoring the late Prof. John D. Currey (University of York). … [more]

September 2019

Nanoscale structure of cuticle, showing chitin fibrils in a partially mineralized protein matrix. Modification of mineral- and protein- content in the extrafibrillar region leads to significant changes in pre-strain as well as fibrillar deformation mechanics.

Yanhong's paper on chemical modification of cuticle accepted by Acta Biomaterialia

24 September 2019

Congratulations to Yanhong Wang, whose paper "Matrix-induced pre-strain and mineralization-dependent interfibrillar shear transfer enable 3D fibrillar deformation in a biogenic armour" has been accepted by Acta Biomaterialia. Yanhong is funded by a China Scholarship Council studentship. Link: [more]

August 2019

Fibrillar gradients in pre-strain across the thickness of bovine articular cartilage (top) are disrupted in when proteoglycan is enzymatically removed as well as under static compression.

Sheetal's paper published in Acta Biomaterialia

9 August 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Sheetal Inamdar, whose paper "Proteoglycan degradation mimics static compression by altering the natural gradients in fibrillar organisation in cartilage" has been accepted by Acta Biomaterialia. Sheetal's research is funded by a BBSRC grant "The mechanics of the collagen fibrillar network in ageing cartilage" (BB/R003610/1). Link: https://… [more]

July 2019

Yanhong Wang and Himadri Gupta presenting at the ESB2019

11 July 2019

Yanhong Wang and Dr. Himadri Gupta gave oral presentations on research from the Gupta group on cuticle and cartilage nanomechanics, respectively, at the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) Congress in Vienna, July 7-10 2019. Dr. Gupta also chaired the Track "Micro- and nanoscale biomechanics". Link: [more]

June 2018

Changes in bone quality in steroid-induced osteoporosis.

Xi Li and Paolino's paper accepted in Acta Biomaterialia

1 June 2018

Dr. Xi Li and Dr. Paolino de Falco's paper "Bone matrix development in steroid-induced osteoporosis is associated with a consistently reduced fibrillar stiffness linked to altered bone mineral quality" has been accepted for publication in Acta Biomaterialia. Their work shows a clear link between changes in nanometre-scale mineralized-collagen architecture and … [more]

April 2018

Technology network awarded funding to capture musculoskeletal degeneration

Technology network awarded funding to capture musculoskeletal degeneration

20 April 2018

Queen Mary University of London - as part of a group of universities, hospitals and research centres - has been awarded funding to create a network seeking to develop new, high energy imaging methods to capture the dynamic biochemical and biophysical processes in biological samples. The human body is highly … [more]

December 2017

The Gupta group at the Alter-Stadtwaechter, Potsdam. From left to right: Sheetal Inamdar, Jingyi Mo, Paolino de Falco (currently at MPIKG, Potsdam), Himadri Gupta and Yanhong Wang.

The Gupta group visits the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam

7 December 2017

From December 4-6, the Gupta group and alumni (Sheetal, Jingyi, Paolino, Yanhong, Himadri) had a very exciting and inspiring trip to the Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG) at Potsdam (Germany). Dr. Gupta is an alumnus of the MPIKG, having been one of the first … [more]

September 2017

The findings of this research study may help explain why cartilage breaks down with ageing or arthritis.

Research paper identifies the secret life of collagen

12 September 2017

Dr Gupta and Prof Knight have just published exciting results which cast light on how cartilage is able to withstand the demanding mechanical environment of the joint and may eventually help to explain why cartilage breaks down with ageing or arthritis. Collagen changes its crystallinity in response to physical forces, … [more]