Chaudhry, Saira

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Distance learning lead

Dr Saira Chaudhry was awarded her PhD in Medical Engineering from the School of Engineering & Materials Science at Queen Mary, University of London in 2013, where she carried out the biomechanical characterisation of different types of in vivo tendon loading exercises in order to understand Achilles tendinopathy management. She also has an MSc (first class) in Biomedical Engineering from QMUL and a BSc (first class, Hons) in Electronics Engineering. She is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Centre for Sports & Exercise Medicine and contributing as a distance learning lead. Saira has 10 years of teaching experience and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and a member of International Society of Biomechanics and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Summary of Research

Her research focuses on investigating and developing techniques to understand the multi-scale mechanics and structure of connective tissues particularly tendons from in vivo human models to in vitro models. Further interests involve musculoskeletal biomechanics and tissue function-structure relationship. She has an extensive research experience in sEMG, motion capture and Imaging techniques like Ultrasound as well as Infrared thermal Imaging.

Teaching

Literature Reviewing (iBSc, Module Lead); Research Methods (iBSc and MSc); Research project (iBSc and MSc); Imaging in Sports and Exercise Medicine (MSc, Co-Lead).

Nature of teaching includes tutorial, lecture, and practical; Level 6 and 7 teaching.

Module development

Development of Imaging in Sports and Exercise Medicine stand-alone module (M level) (2015).

Key Publications

Chaudhry S, Fernando R, Screen H, Waugh C, Tucker A, Morrissey D. The use of medical infrared thermography in the detection of tendinopathy: a systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, Volume 21, 2016 - Issue 2:75-82.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10833196.2016.1223575

Thorpe CT, Chaudhry S, Lei II, Varone A, Riley GP, Birch HL, Clegg PD, Screen HR. Tendon overload results in alterations in cell shape and increased markers of inflammation and matrix degradation. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2015 Aug;25(4):e381-91. doi: 10.1111/sms.12333. PubMed PMID: 25639911.

Thorpe CT, Spiesz EM, Chaudhry S, Screen HR, Clegg PD. Science in brief: recent advances into understanding tendon function and injury risk. Equine Vet J.2015 Mar;47(2):137-40. doi: 10.1111/evj.12346. PubMed PMID: 25644766.

Spiesz EM, Thorpe CT, Chaudhry S, Riley GP, Birch HL, Clegg PD, Screen HR. Tendon extracellular matrix damage, degradation and inflammation in response to in vitro overload exercise. J Orthop Res. 2015 Jun;33(6):889-97. doi:10.1002/jor.22879. PubMed PMID: 25721513; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4855636.

Chaudhry S, Morrissey D, Woledge RC, Bader DL, Screen HR. Eccentric and concentric loading of the triceps surae: an in vivo study of dynamic muscle and tendon biomechanical parameters. J Appl Biomech. 2015 Apr;31(2):69-78. doi:10.1123/jab.213-0284. PubMed PMID: 25322475.

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