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Rowan Nicholls

Reading for an MSc(Res) in Engineering Science

Research Interestsrowan_nicholls

  • Effects of diabetes on damage accumulation in tissue
  • Tissue damage and micromechanics
  • Mechanisms of tissue damage
  • Achilles tendon damage, especially in diabetics

Have previously worked on elbow and arm bone prostheses, percutaneous heart valve replacements and low-cost healthcare solutions.


BSc(Eng) (Electro-Mechanical)
First-Class Honours
University of Cape Town
Final-year project: Extendible Implants for Skeletally-Immature Patients

Work experience

  • Completed a post-graduate biomedical engineering project at the University of Cape Town, 2015. This involved the design of a novel radial head prosthesis
  • Intern, Strait Access Technologies
    Three periods between 2013 and 2014
    Design and testing of aspects of a medical device

Awards and scholarships

  • Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar
  • UCT Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment Scholarships
  • Golden Key Honour Society
  • Gold President's (Duke of Edinburgh) Award