Dr Lauren E. J. Thomas-Seale MEng, PhD, AMIMechE

Dr Lauren Thomas-Seale

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lecturer

Contact details

Address
Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

Lauren Thomas-Seale is a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering.

Lauren has published 6 research papers, 1 book chapter and 2 proceedings papers. She has received an Innovation Initiative Grant from The University of Edinburgh, a Minor Research Award from Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, a Developing Leaders Award and Early Career Travel Award from the University of Birmingham.

Lauren’s research interests are primarily focussed on design, additive manufacture and elastography. Within the School of Engineering Lauren’s research is aligned with the Biomedical Engineering Research Group and the Manufacturing Research Group. She collaborates with academics across the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

Lauren is an advocate of Equality of Diversity and is an active contributor to the School and College E&D committees.

Qualifications

Lecturer in Design Engineering

  • PhD in Bioengineering, University of Edinburgh, 2015
  • MEng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Bristol, 2007

Biography

Dr Lauren E. J. Thomas-Seale qualified with a First Class MEng in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Bristol in 2007. Lauren’s undergraduate research specialism was aerodynamics. Upon graduating, Lauren worked as a design engineer in the consultancy Goshawk Aerospace. Lauren graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with a PhD in Bioengineering. Her doctoral thesis research entitled “The Application of Magnetic Resonance Elastography to Atherosclerosis” was conducted across the Centre for Cardiovascular Science, School of Engineering and Clinical Research Imaging Centre. 

In 2015 Lauren joined the Biomedical Engineering Group at the University of Birmingham as a research fellow in design for additive manufacture. Lauren won a Developing Leaders Award in 2016 to undertake a secondment at the Manufacturing Technology Centre. 

Lauren was appointed as a Lecturer in Design Engineering in the School of Engineering, University of Birmingham in 2017. She teaches on the second year module, Mechanical Design A. 

Lauren’s research interests are highly interdisciplinary, encompassing cardiovascular science, developmental biology, imaging, elastography, bioengineering, design and additive manufacture.

Teaching

Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanical Design A

Postgraduate supervision

Lauren Thomas-Seale supervises PhDs in the following areas:

  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Additive Manufacture 
  • Design
  • Elastography  

Research

Lauren’s research into design for additive manufacture encompasses the broad spectrum design; from conceptual through to detailed. Thus her interests span design in the context of innovation, materials, software, optimisation and manufacture. She is particularly interested in integrating concepts drawn from developmental biology into design and additive manufacture to mirror the advanced efficiency and capabilities seen in nature. Lauren uses traditional and innovative design and additive manufacturing techniques to solve clinical and industrial problems.

Lauren also conducts research in the field of elastography, which facilitates the characterisation of tissue elasticity in-vivo. She is interested in developing elastography techniques that can be applied to the cardiovascular applications, underpinned by computational and experimental validation.

Other activities

Lauren is an advocate of Equality of Diversity and is an active contributor to the activities of the School of Engineering and College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Equality of Diversity committees.

Publications

Thomas-Seale, L.E.J, Kirkman-Brown, J. C., Attallah, M. M.,  Espino, D. M. and Shepherd, D. E. T. (2017) The barriers to the progression of additive manufacture: an industrial perspective, International Journal of Production Economics, 198: 104-118

Thomas-Seale, L.E.J, Kennedy, P., Hollis, L., Hammer, S., Anderson, T., Mirsadraee, S., Klatt, D., Sack, I., Pankaj, P., Roberts, N. and Hoskins, P. R. (2016) Magnetic resonance elastography through atherosclerosis: A feasibility study, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology, 7(12): 482

Thomas-Seale, L. E. J., Hollis, L., Klatt, D., Sack, I., Roberts, N., Pankaj, P. and Hoskins, P. R. (2016) The simulation of magnetic resonance elastography through atherosclerosis, Journal of Biomechanics, 49: 781-1788

Hollis, L., Conlisk, N., Thomas-Seale, L. E. J., Roberts, N., Pankaj, P. and Hoskins, P. R. (2016) Computational simulations of MR elastography in idealised abdominal aortic aneurysms, Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, 2: 045016

Hollis, L., Barnhill, E., Conlisk, N., Thomas-Seale, L. E. J., Roberts, N., Pankaj, P. and Hoskins, P. (2016) Finite element analysis to compare the accuracy of the direct and MDEV inversion algorithms in MR elastography, IAENG International Journal of Computer Science, 43: 137-146

Hollis, L., Thomas-Seale, L. E. J., Conlisk, N., Roberts, N., Pankaj, P. and Hoskins, P. (2016) Investigation of Modelling Parameters for Finite Element Analysis of MR Elastography In: Joldes, G.R, Doyle, B., Wittek, A., Nielsen, P. M. F. and Miller, K. (eds.) Computational Biomechanics for Medicine: Imaging, Modelling and Computing, Springer, New York, USA, pp. 75-84

Thomas-Seale, L. E. J., Kennedy, P., Klatt, D., Anderson, T., Hammer, S., Semple, S., Mirsadraee, S., Sack, I., Pankaj, P., Roberts, N. and Hoskins, P. R. (2013) Magnetic resonance elastography through atherosclerosis: The progression from computational simulations to experimental feasibility, Proceedings of the 12th International Tissue Elasticity Conference, 1st-4th October, Lingfield, UK, p. 45

Thomas-Seale, L. E. J., Klatt, D., Pankaj, P., Roberts, N., Sack, I. and Hoskins, P. R. (2011) A simulation of magnetic resonance elastography steady state wave response through idealised atherosclerotic plaques, IAENG International Journal of Computer Science, 38(4): 394-400

Thomas-Seale, L. E. J., Pankaj, P., Roberts, N. and Hoskins, P. R. (2011) Computational modelling of magnetic resonance elastography shear wave behaviour through atherosclerotic plaque with disease development, Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science: Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering, 6th-8th July, London, UK, pp. 2636-2639.