Professor Michael Fagan

Professor Michael Fagan

Professor of Medical and Biological Engineering

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Engineering

Summary

Professor Fagan is Professor Medical and Biological Engineering and research lead for Biomedical Engineering research in the Department of Engineering. His expertise lies is in modelling and simulation in biomechanics and biomedical engineering using finite element analysis and multibody dynamics analysis.

He is particularly interested in computational mechanobiology to understand the form and function of bone(s) using mathematical and advanced modelling techniques, at the cellular, tissue and whole bone level, with a special interest in skull biomechanics (with Dr Peter Watson). This includes fundamental investigations into the form and function of different skull types, as well as more applied craniofacial research examining craniosynostosis, dental biomechanics and cleft lip and palate, and most recently BBSRC-funded 3Rs research to provide alternatives to animal experiments.

Professor Fagan’s other research interests include wound management research (with Dr Louise France) and he has been working with Smith and Nephew Wound Management (Hull) for more than 12 years. This collaboration culminated in the establishment of a university-wide wound care cluster between the University and S&N in 2018.

Finally, as part of a multi-centre EPSRC Prosperity Partnership on offshore wind, Professor Fagan is applying biomimetic principles to wind turbine blade design and examining whether cancellous bone-like structures could be used in next generation blade design.

Professor Fagan’s multidisciplinary research funding comes from a wide variety of society, including Action Medical Research, BBSRC, EPSRC, EU, NERC, the Royal Society and Wellcome Trust.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Biomechanical evaluation of the unilateral crossbite on the asymmetrical development of the craniofacial complex. A mechano-morphological approach

Ortún-Terrazas, J., Fagan, M. J., Cegoñino, J., Illipronti-Filho, E., & del Palomar, A. P. (2022). Biomechanical evaluation of the unilateral crossbite on the asymmetrical development of the craniofacial complex. A mechano-morphological approach. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 217, Article 106703. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmpb.2022.106703

A hierarchical opportunistic screening model for osteoporosis using machine learning applied to clinical data and CT images

Liu, L., Si, M., Ma, H., Cong, M., Xu, Q., Sun, Q., …Ji, B. (2022). A hierarchical opportunistic screening model for osteoporosis using machine learning applied to clinical data and CT images. BMC Bioinformatics, 23, Article 63. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12859-022-04596-z

Modeling and control of anterior–posterior and medial–lateral sways in standing posture

Hou, M., Fagan, M., Vanicek, N., & Dobson, C. A. (2022). Modeling and control of anterior–posterior and medial–lateral sways in standing posture. Journal of biomechanics, 134, Article 110930. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2021.110930

Assessments of bilateral asymmetry with application in human skull analysis

Hou, M., & Fagan, M. J. (2021). Assessments of bilateral asymmetry with application in human skull analysis. PLoS ONE, 16(10), Article e0258146. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0258146

From micro to macroevolution: drivers of shape variation in an island radiation of Podarcis lizards

Taverne, M., Dutel, H., Fagan, M., Štambuk, A., Lisicic, D., Tadic, Z., …Herrel, A. (2021). From micro to macroevolution: drivers of shape variation in an island radiation of Podarcis lizards. Evolution, 75(11), 2685-2707. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.14326