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Dr Afshin Anssari-Benam

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Anglesea Building, Anglesea Road, Portsmouth PO1 3DJ UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 2187
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  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I obtained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, followed by an MSc in Biomechanics. I received a PhD in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London in 2012 where I investigated structure-function relationships in a connective tissue, namely the aortic valve. I was a postdoctoral research associate at University College London (UCL) from 2011 to 2013, before joining the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer. I am currently a member of the Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (MBM) Research Group at the School of Engineering.


Multi-scale biomechanics of soft tissues

Experimental analysis and mathematical modelling of:

  1. Tissue-level behaviour
  2. Micromechanics of the Extra-Cellular Matrix (ECM)

Arterial haemodynamics

Experimental modelling and in vitro investigation of pulsatile arterial flows in atherosclerotic arteries:

  1. First principle diagnosis procedures and technology
  2. Arterial wall shear stress-circumferential stress waves interaction

Cell-mediated tissue engineering strategies for tissue regeneration and repair

  • Cellular biomechanics
  • Development of cell-seeding scaffolds
  • Mechanically induced cellular ECM metabolism

Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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