About Us

The Clinician Engineer Hub was launched in 2019 in collaboration between clinicians and engineers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

This international hub brings together the clinical and biomedical engineering fields and provides talented medical students and clinicians exposure to the world of biomedical engineering, the challenges doctors face in diagnosing and treating patients and how to potentially solve these issues with cutting edge engineering solutions.

Our Mission

Creating a future generation of clinician engineers

Our Vision

Provision of biomedical engineering principles to advance the future of healthcare

Our Values

Creating an inclusive platform for global clinicians

Experts

Years Of Experience

Members

What We Offer

We offer regular training workshops in the UK and internationally as well as webinars, podcasts and research opportunities.

During training workshops, participants will benefit from attending lectures and seminars by leading experts in both fields. All participants will take part in small-group activities with peers and seniors to ensure they develop team working and leadership skills ready for real life working. Research opportunities offered include internships, MSc projects, PhD and Post Doctoral positions.

The Clinician Engineer Hub allows medical students and clinicians fascinated by disease pathology to understand the current diagnostic and treatment gaps in the clinical field and design effective solutions based on solid engineering principles. It will be revolutionary for your career with the unique opportunity to receive mentorship across world renowned academic centres in the UK and abroad

MEET THE TEAM

Dr Neel Sharma

Founder and Director
BSc (Hons), MBChB, MSc, MRCP (UK), PhD
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, United Kingdom

Neel is a clinician academic in the field of gastroenterology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He diagnoses and treats disorders of the GI tract as well as undertakes clinical research as a Lecturer at the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy and Institute of Translational Medicine, University of Birmingham. He has gained clinical and research training in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Boston, New York, Fontainebleau and Stockholm. He also serves as a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Health Workforce Network Education platform.

Dr. Ali K. Yetisen

Co-founder and Deputy Director
BSc, PhD
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Ali K. Yetisen is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London and researches medical tattoos, point-of-care diagnostics, biophotonics, wearable devices and personalised medicine. He was previously the Tosteson postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge. He also lectures at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Mr Sam Davis

Teaching Assistant
BSc, MSc
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Dr Selene Pirola

Instructor
BSc, MSc, PhD
Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Banu Kose

Strategy Lead Research

Ms See Yu Alexandra Ng

Strategy Lead Asia

Mr Jeffrey Turner

Strategy Lead United Kingdom

Ms Liana Shvachiy

Strategy Lead Europe

Ms Salma Soussi

Strategy Lead Africa

 

Dr Lady Katherine Mejia Perez

Strategy Lead North and South America

Mr Faisal Nawaz

Strategy Lead Middle East

 

Abdul Rahman

Strategy Lead Innovation

Chloe Jordan

Social Media and Events Team

Maria Constantinides

Social Media and Events Team

William Ogeto

Social Media and Events Team

Athena Pagon

Director of Clinician Engineer Hub New York

Dr. Mads S. Bergholt

Co-founder and Non Executive Director
ADVISORY BOARD

Prof Khek Yu Ho

National University Hospital of Singapore
Singapore
Professor Lawrence Ho graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney, and undertook his training in therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Besides being an accomplished endoscopist, he is an effective educator, winning the Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards, National University of Singapore, in 2000 and 2003 respectively, and being conferred the honorary International Life Membership of the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India to recognise his contribution to endoscopic training in India. He chairs the Asian Endoscopic Ultrasound Group.

Prof Chak-sing Lau

The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Professor Lau is Chair and Daniel CK Yu Professor in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong and Honorary Chief of Service of the Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. He is also President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, having previously served as Vice-President (Education and Examinations) between 2011 and 2016.

Dr Ahmet Coskun

Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
Dr. Coskun was previously an Instructor of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Coskun is an alumnus of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health K25 Career Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund CASI Award, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Research Fellowship. Dr. Coskun previously trained at California Institute of Technology for his postdoctoral work in systems biology. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Coskun researches spatial biology, precision medicine, and biophotonics.

Dr Timothy Kassis

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
United States
Dr. Timothy Kassis is the Lead Instructor for MIT’s Living Machines engineering program which focuses on biotech and medical devices. Living Machines is part of the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) program which aims to redefine undergraduate engineering education at MIT through a 3-year research-heavy project-based engineering curriculum. Dr. Kassis holds a Bioengineering Ph.D. and a Mechanical Engineering M.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Kassis is also a co-founder of a stealth-mode startup focusing on scientific and medical image analysis.

Dr Marielle Vehmeijer-Heeman

Radboud University Medical Center
Netherlands
Marielle is a consultant surgeon in the field of coloproctology and burns. She works in a value based health care organization Equipe Zorgbedrijven and at Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Since 2015 she is member of the advisory board of Siilo: the free secure messaging app for medical team players. During a fellowship in 2010 Marielle visited many leading burn centres (Shanghai, Texas, Boston, Sydney) as well as the WHO.

Dr Jeff Mailu

CURE
Kenya
Dr. Jeff Mailu began serving at CURE Kenya in 2011 as an Orthopaedic Surgery Resident and COSECSA fellow. After completing fellowships at Assiut University Hospital in Egypt and Alabama Orthopedic Sports Medicine in the US, he returned to CURE Kenya in 2014 to his current role, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Dr Nobuyoshi Takeshita

National Cancer Center Hospital East
Japan
Dr. Nobuyoshi Takeshita is a surgeon in the Department of Colorectal Surgery/NEXT medical device innovation center at National Cancer Center Hospital East in Japan. He received a Ph.D. in Medicine from Chiba University in Japan and has been focused on minimally invasive treatment for the GI tract such as laparoscopic/robotic surgery and flexible endoscopy. To fill the gap between clinicians and engineers, he has generated many collaborations with med-tech start-ups, academics and clinicians in Japan and Singapore including surgical robots, neuro-modulators, tissue engineering, cancer diagnostic tools and AI-assisted systems/VR simulators for minimally invasive surgery.

Sara Ghoreishizadeh

University College London
United Kingdom

Sara is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Wearable Technologies at University College London. She received a PhD from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2015 and has been with the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College as a Junior Research Fellow during Apr 2015 to Oct 2018. Her research interests include analogue/mixed-signal IC design and the monolithic integration of biosensors with microelectronics (Lab-on-Chip). She applies the developed tools and techniques in creating new wearable and implantable technologies for quantitative analysis of health conditions.

Prof Felise B Milan

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
United States
Dr. Felise Milan is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine, the Director of the Clinical Skills Center, and the Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Programs for first- and second-year medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She also directs the 3rd-year Clinical Skills Assessment and Review Programs. Dr. Milan’s academic interests include teaching and assessment of clinical skills (especially communication skills), psychosocial and behavioral medicine (smoking cessation and exercise counseling), complementary/alternative medicine and women’s health.

Pia Seeto

Australia

Pia graduated from UNSW Computer Science Engineering (CSE) in 1995 and got her first big opportunity to create change in this area when she was made Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Ericsson in 2013. As Ericsson’s Diversity Lead, she introduced a leadership support structure to promote women in leadership in Ericsson’s key discipline areas. She also mentored young female employees who had chosen to pursue careers in engineering and telecommunications. She currently serves as Chair of the CSE Industry Advisory Board

Fredrik Öhrn

Karolinska Institute
Sweden
Fredrik Öhrn lives to disrupt in order to create higher value and optimize patient outcomes. He has held management positions in International marketing and Operations in healthcare in Europe as well as in South East Asia, and most recently with Karolinska University Hospital as a Senior Innovation Manager. Fredrik is a registered nurse from The Red Cross College in Stockholm, Sweden.

Klementina Sula

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
United States
Klementina (Tina) Sula is currently the Chief Development Officer at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, where she is responsible for all of the hospital’s fundraising efforts. Previously, Tina served as the Director of International Giving and Engagement at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), spearheading the College’s fundraising efforts outside of the United States. Tina has also worked for the US Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the Club de Madrid in Madrid, Spain and for the State Department (Main State) in Washington, D.C.

Prof Marcy Zenobi Wong

ETH Zurich
Switzerland

Marcy Zenobi-​Wong’s main research focus is cartilage engineering and regeneration: the success of cell-​based therapies for tissue repair is dependent on our ability to reliably control the growth and differentiation of stem cells used in the treatment.

The interaction of cells with the extracellular environment can have a potent influence on cell fate. The nature of biomaterials (composition, charge and stiffness), ligand and growth factor availability, oxygen tension and the presence of mechanical and electrical signals can potently induce the desired morphology, cytoskeletal architecture and biosynthetic activity. She engineers both 2D and 3D cellular systems to mimic different extracellular environments.

Dr John Ong

University of Cambridge
United Kingdom
John is a specialist registrar in Gastroenterology and Hepatology within the Cambridge deanery, and a W.D. Armstrong doctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge undertaking research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He is also a young fellow at the National University of Singapore and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. John previously received research training though NIHR funded clinical research training fellowships at King’s College London and Stanford University. He has research interests in organoids, biomaterials, and clinical interests in liver failure, ERCP, and medical education.

Mark Wehde

Mayo Clinic
United States

Mark Wehde is chair of the Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, fellow in the Mayo Clinic Academy of Educational Excellence, and associate lecturer for the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium program. Mark is the executive leader of a team of managers, engineers, software developers, project managers, and technologists in multiple operating units providing development, implementation, and integration of innovative technology solutions across Mayo Clinic to create medical devices that help our healthcare teams better care for our patients.


 

Dr Mehmet R. Dokmeci

Terasaki Institute, United States
Mehmet R. Dokmeci received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Dokmeci is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Radiology Department at University of California-Los Angeles. He was previously an Instructor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He has a strong background and more than a decade of experience in designing and fabricating micro and nanoscale sensors and systems, biomedical devices, 3D bioprinting, biomaterials, tissue engineering and implantable biosensors. He has been actively involved in research areas such as flexible electronics for monitoring and modulation of wound healing, electrical/electrochemical biosensors and microfluidic systems for organs-on-a-chip applications and 3D bioprinting.

Dr Mecit Can Emre Simsekler

Khalifa University
Abu Dhabi

Dr. Simsekler obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, and an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL School of Management. In addition, he is a Visiting Scholar at Boston Children’s Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. His research focuses on healthcare operations and system design for patient safety, quality and efficiency. Leveraging engineering principles, he explores proactive approaches to manage operational failures and safety risks to drive transformational system innovation and improvement in healthcare.

Prof Izabela Naydenova

Technological University Dublin
Ireland
Izabela Naydenova is a Professor at the School of Physics and Clinical & Optometric Sciences and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Industrial and Engineering Optics, Technological University Dublin. Prof. Naydenova’s group is a partner in an international consortium funded by the European Space Agency to work on “Wound Healing In Space: Key challenges towards Intelligent and Enabling Sensing platforms”. Prof. Naydenova is co-founder and scientific adviser of Optrace Ltd., a university spin –out company specialising in manufacturing of unique holographic labels for anti-counterfeit applications. She is academic advisor of the Optical Society (OSA) and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) student chapters in TU Dublin since their establishment in 2016. Since 2017 Prof. Naydenova is topical editor (diffraction and gratings) for JOSA A.

Dr Lidan You

University of Toronto
Canada
Dr. Lidan You is Erwin Edward Hart Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME). Dr. You is the director of Cellular Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on solving biomechanical questions in muscular skeletal system at the cellular level. Her team has published 90+ peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers. Dr. You has given more than 50 invited talks internationally, and is the elected Vice Chair of the Biomechanical and Biomedical Engineering Committee in International Chinese Mineral Research Society.

Prof Xiao Yun Xu

Imperial College London
United Kingdom
Xiao Yun Xu is a Professor of Biofluid Mechanics in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and Director of the Graduate School at Imperial College London. Her research is focused on developing and using computational models to understand fluid flow and mass transfer in biological systems. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, a member of the board of consulting editors for Journal of Biomechanics, and a member of the editorial board of Medicine in Novel Technology and Device. She has also made valuable contributions in mentoring early stage researchers, as manifested through the prizes awarded to her and her research students, including the 2018 Imperial College President’s Medal for Excellence in Research Supervision.

Dr Bruno Van Vlem

Belgium
Doctor Bruno Van Vlem is currently head of the Nephrology, Dialysis and Hypertension department at OLV Clinic, Aalst Belgium. Bruno gained his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Ghent and specialized in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in 1999 and 2000 respectively and gained his PhD in Medical Sciences in 2002. He followed management trainings from Vlerick, Harvard, Levinson and Insead. Bruno has executive responsibility for strategy and operations of one of Belgium’s largest Nephrology-Dialysis units, including quality (JCI accreditation, operating procedures), clinical excellence, postgraduate teaching and clinical research. In addition, he has extensive experience and skills in biomedical engineering, medical devices and intellectual property.