Catherine Dobson

Dr Catherine Dobson

Senior Lecturer in Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Computer Science

01482 465049

Catherine has had a long and varied career in engineering, working both in industry and academia.

An initial BSc in Metallurgy led to several industry roles including failure analyst, and welding engineering consultant in the oil and gas industry.

A change in career direction resulted in a PhD in Medical Engineering at the University of Hull, initiating her 20 year academic career which combines medical engineering research with mechanical engineering teaching interests.


Research Interests

  • The form and function of bone

  • The musculoskeletal system

  • Medical devices

Research groups

Member of Medical and Biological Engineering Research Group, University of Hull

Active collaborations with

  • Sport, Health and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

  • Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee

  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University


Pinheiro M, Dobson C A, Clarke N M, Fagan M J, 'The potential role of variations in juvenile hip geometry on the development of Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease: a biomechanical investigation'Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/10255842.2018.1437151 (2018)

Pinheiro M, Dobson C A, Perry D, Fagan M J, 'New insights into the biomechanics of Legg-Calvé-Perthes’ disease. The Role of Epiphyseal Skeletal Immaturity in Vascular Obstruction'Bone and Joint Research, 7, pp 148–156, DOI: 10.1302/2046-3758.72.BJR-2017-0191.R1 (2018)

Watson P J, Dostanpor A, Fagan M J, Dobson C A, 'The effect of boundary constraints on finite element modelling of the human pelvis', Medical Engineering and Physics, 43, pp 48-57 (2017)

Montgomery G, Abt G, Dobson C, Smith T, Ditroilo M, 'Tibial impacts and muscle activation during walking, jogging and running when performed overground, on a motorised and non-motorised treadmill'Gait and Posture, 49, pp 120-126 (2016)

Berthaume M A, Perry D C, Dobson C A, Witzel U, Clarke N M, Fagan M J, 'Skeletal Immaturity, Rostral Sparing, and Disparate Hip Morphologies as Biomechanical Causes for Legg-Calvé-Perthes’ Disease', Clinical Anatomy, 29:6, pp 759-772 (2016)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

  • Fundamentals of Medical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering Science

  • Stress Analysis and Applications of Finite Element Analysis

  • Finite Element Analysis for Modelling Medical and Biological Problems

Research PhDs

  • Medical devices - in particular cardiovascular stents

  • Bone mechanobiology - in particular bone development or bone diseases such as osteoporosis

  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics - in particular, falls prevention, exercise interventions and optimisation of bone/muscle response

Completed PhDs

  • David Lunn, Musculoskeletal modelling and finite element analysis of the proximal juvenile femur, 1st supervisor (2013)

  • Peter Watson, Computer modelling of the development of the trabecular architecture in the human pelvis, 1st supervisor(2011)

  • Bing Bing Ji, Mathematical modelling of bone remodelling at the cellular level and the interaction between myeloma cells and the bone microenvironment, 2nd supervisor (2011)

  • Alexander Brown, Neuromuscular Control of the Loading of the Femur under Varying Conditions, 2nd supervisor (2014)

  • Amartya Ganguly, Modelling of the human quiet stance with ankle joint complexity, 2nd supervisor (2014)

  • Adnan Fazal, Investigation into performance enhancement through viscoelastically generated pre-stress, 2nd supervisor (2014)

  • Goran Mohammed, Modelling Human Posture of the Lower Extremity for Sit to Stand Task, 2nd supervisor (2017)

  • Gallin Montgomery, The effect of mode, continuous and intermittent exercise on the mechanical properties of bones, 2nd supervisor (2017)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Frances O’Keeffe, Understanding the mechanism and effects of stent fracture – a finite element analysis study, funded by the Hull and East Riding Cardiac Trust Fund

  • Aliakbar Dostanpor, The role of dynamic mechanical loading on bone mineral density, funded by Osteoporosis Research in East Yorkshire (OSPREY)

  • Mohammed Hossein Izadian, Understanding the mechanism and effects of stent fracture – a combined experimental and finite element analysis study, part-funded by the Hull and East Riding Cardiac Trust Fund

  • Olivia Brown, Biomechanical risk factors and reduced bone health in lower limb amputees, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

  • Marwan Ahmad M Althomali, Ultrasound Computed Tomography for Trauma and Orthopaedic Applications, 3rd year, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

  • Postgraduate Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Hull, Finite element analysis and simulation of the structural changes in cancellous bone with osteoporosis (2001)

  • BSc Metallurgy and Materials Science, 2:1, City of London Polytechnic (1989)

External roles

External Examiner for Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen for

  • MEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

  • MEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical & Offshore Engineering

  • MEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical & Electrical Engineering

  • BSc (Eng) Mechanical Engineering – Part-time

External PhD examiner for University of Dundee and University of Leeds

External degree validation panel member for

  • MEng/BEng Biomedical Engineering - Nottingham Trent University.

  • BEng Medical Engineering - Anglia Ruskin University.

Faculty Advisor for Pearson Education