Senior Lecturer in Engineering Materials & Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Division
Engineering & Physics Fundamentals
Current units: Engineering Mechanics, Individual Engineering Project, Product Design, User-Centred Design, Engineering Design, Engineering Design and Practice, Professional Design and Practice, Biological & Non-Biological Materials in Exercise and Sport.
PhD in Tissue Engineering, University of Liverpool
PGCAP, Manchester Metropolitan University
Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Research Degrees Co-ordinator for School of Engineering
Member of Faculty Research Degrees Committee
Member of University Research Degrees Committee
Member of Faculty Research Ethics and Governance Committee (Joint Deputy Chair)
Member of School of Engineering Self-Assessment Athena Swan Team
Member of School of Engineering Research Management Group
Previously served as: Member of Early Career Research Committee; Mechanical Engineering Representative on FAQSC; Part-Time Students Mechanical Engineering Pathway Leader; School of Engineering Athena Swan Co-ordinator (joint)
The UK has a rapidly increasing aged population, with approximately 15 million of us aged 65 or older by 2040. This brings associated medical problems that could cost the NHS billions, but more importantly to us, limit our quality of life.
Biomedical engineering has already created many real-life medical breakthroughs to combat these age-associated injuries and diseases, from diagnosis through to treatment. However, it is not a well-known area of engineering, despite devices being commonly used (e.g. prosthetics, blood vessel replacements and artificial hearts) and a number of examples having featured in the media (lab grown organs and “that” ear on the mouse).
The study of bioengineering covers diagnosis to treatment and monitoring, through medical devices, biomaterials, sensors, medical imaging, biomechanics and simulation. It is a topical field of engineering, with significant impact on patient's lives, that brings together engineering fundamentals for application in biomedical scenarios.
7 PhD completions
2 ongoing PhD supervisions
External examiner (course approval events), Teesside University (2015-2016)
Advanced Materials & Surface Engineering Research Centre
Materials science, particularly materials characterization
Electrospinning of fibrous scaffolds
Tissue engineering, particularly biological tubes and fibrous structures (including artificial blood vessels, nerve substitutes)
Bioengineering, including biomaterials, medical devices and tissue engineering
Materials science, characterization and fabrication
E. Roldán, ND. Reeves, G. Cooper, K. Andrews (2017). In vivo mechanical behaviour of the anterior cruciate ligament: A study of six daily and high impact activities. Gait & Posture. 58, pp.201-207.
E. Roldán, ND. Reeves, G. Cooper, K. Andrews (2016). Design Consideration for ACL Implants based on Mechanical Loading. Procedia CIRP. 49, pp.133-138.
N. Bryan, KD. Andrews, MJ. Loughran, NP. Rhodes, JA. Hunt (2011). Elucidating the contribution of the elemental composition of fetal calf serum to antigenic expression of primary human umbilical-vein endothelial cellsin vitro. Bioscience Reports. 31(3), pp.199-210.
KD. Andrews, P. Feugier, RA. Black, JA. Hunt (2008). Vascular Prostheses: Performance Related to Cell-Shear Responses. Journal of Surgical Research. 149(1), pp.39-46.
KD. Andrews, JA. Hunt (2008). Upregulation of matrix and adhesion molecules induced by controlled topography. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 19(4), pp.1601-1608.
KD. Andrews, JA. Hunt, RA. Black (2008). Technology of electrostatic spinning for the production of polyurethane tissue engineering scaffolds. Polymer International. 57(2), pp.203-210.
KD. Andrews, JA. Hunt, RA. Black (2007). Effects of Sterilisation Method on Surface Topography and In-Vitro Cell Behaviour of Electrostatically Spun Scaffolds. Biomaterials. 28(6), pp.1014-1014.
A. Keshmiri, K. Andrews (2015). Vascular Flow Modelling using Computational Fluid Dynamics. M. Slevin, G. McDowell. In: Handbook of Vascular Biology Techniques. Springer, pp.343-361.
A. Keshmiri, K. Andrews (2015). Enhancing Endothelialization of Engineered Blood Vessels Using Structural Cues. M. Slevin, G. McDowell. In: Handbook of Vascular Biology Techniques. Springer, pp.309-324.
KD. Andrews, JA. Hunt (2009). Developing smaller-diameter biocompatible vascular grafts. LD. Silvio. In: Cellular Response to Biomaterials. Woodhead Publishing, pp.212-236.
GM. Dougill, P. Nadipi Reddy, K. Andrews, N. Reeves, CL. LeMaitre, et al. Experimental Measurement Of Energy Dissipation In Healthy And Degenerate Intervertebral Discs. Leipzig, 21/10/2015.
GM. Dougill, A. Thorpe, K. Andrews, CL. LeMaitre, C. Sammon, et al. Experimental Modelling of Intervertebral Disc Material Behaviours under Activities of Daily Living and Their Effects on Disc Health and Degeneration. Manchester, UK, 17/9/2015.
GM. Dougill, P. Nadipi Reddy, K. Andrews, ND. Reeves, CL. LeMaitre, et al. (2016). Experimental measurement of energy dissipation in healthy and degenerate intervertebral discs. EUROPEAN CELLS & MATERIALS. 32, 67-67.
Member of organising committee for TCES (Tissue & Cell Engineering Society) conference, held at MMU in July 2017.
Reviewer: Biomaterials, Polymer, Tissue Engineering, Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Journal of Biomaterials Science: Polymer Edition, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Biofabrication, Lubrication Science, Biomedical Materials, Scientific Reports, Journal of Science Education, Polymer International, Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B - Applied Biomaterials.
Previously served on: Professional & Scientific Development Committee of the Student & Young Investigators
Sector of TERMIS-EU Chapter
STEMNET Ambassador 2011-Present
50 Best Abstracts Award (TERMIS 2008)
Public Engagement Champion Award (MMU 2013)
Member of MMU Future Research and Knowledge Exchange Leaders Programme (2015-Present)
Member of IoM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining)