Short CV/Education and training

  • 2003
    (July – September): Summer Research Student, Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Project title: A Case-Based Reasoning Approach to Spam Filtering

  • 2003
    B.A. B.A.I., (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Engineering), specialising in Computer Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Gold Medal and Distinction awarded.

  • 2006
    P.Dip.Stat. (Postgraduate diploma in Statistics), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. (Distinction)

  • 2007
    Ph.D., Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Supervisors: Dr. Paula Murphy (Zoology) & Prof. Patrick Prendergast (Trinity Centre for Bioengineering)

  • 2007 – 2009
    IRCSET Postdoctoral research fellow, Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Project title: Mechanoregulation of Patterning Genes during Development of the Embryonic Skeleton

  • 2009
    (February – August): Visiting Scholar, Mechanical Engineering Department, Boston University, U.S.A. Project title: Evolution of Bone Size, Shape and Material Properties

  • 2009 – 2011
    Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Systems Biology Unit, CRG, Barcelona, Spain. Project title: The Mechanobiology of Joint Shape Morphogenesis

  • Since 2011
    Lecturer, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK

Selected publications

  • Nowlan, N.C., Murphy, P. and Prendergast P.J., A Dynamic Pattern of Mechanical Stimulation Promotes Ossification in Avian Fetal Long Bones, 2008, Journal of Biomechanics, 41 (2), pp. 249-258. This publication described the first realistic prediction of biophysical stimuli in the prenatal skeleton.

  • Nowlan, N.C., Prendergast P.J. and Murphy, P., Identification of Mechanoregulatory Genes in vivo during Fetal Bone Formation, 2008. PLoS Computational Biology 4(12). This research used a novel combination of computational (finite element analyses) and experiments (gene expression studies) methods to identify mechanosensitive genes in the developing skeleton.

  • Nowlan, N.C., Bourdon, C, Dumas, G., Tajbakhsh, S., Prendergast, P.J., Murphy, P., Developing Bones are Differentially Affected by Compromised Skeletal Muscle Formation, 2010, Bone, 46, pp. 1275-1285. This publication provided the first conclusive evidence of the differential effect that absent musculature has on mammalian prenatal skeletal development.

  • Nowlan, N.C., Dumas, G., Tajbakhsh, S., Prendergast, P.J., Murphy, P., Biophysical stimuli induced by passive movements compensate for lack of skeletal muscle during fetal skeletogenesis, 2012, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology 11(1-2), pp. 207-219. This publication provided the first evidence that mechanical forces external to the womb may influence skeletal development.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Society of Biomechanics (ESB)

  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)

  • Irish Fulbright Alumni Association

  • Marie Curie Fellows Association


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