Dr Atif Shahzad BSc MSc PhD

Dr Atif Shahzad

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Assistant Professor of Medical Technologies
Programme Lead MSc Biomedical Innovation
Theme Lead Medical Sensors and Wearable Technology, SMQB

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Room 326, Level 3, IBR Tower
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Atif Shahzad is Assistant Professor of Medical Technologies and Programme Lead for MSc Biomedical Innovation program at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham. He is associated with the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine and also holds an honorary position at the University of Galway. Atif is interested in needs-led health technology innovation with a focus on device-based therapies, monitoring and diagnostic technologies.

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  • PhD in Medical Electronics (Health Technology Innovation), National University of Ireland, Galway
  • MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds
  • BSc Computer Engineering, COMSTATS University
  • Diploma of Associate Engineer, Swedish Institute of Technology


Dr Atif Shahzad is Assistant Professor of Medical Technologies and Programme Lead for MSc Biomedical Innovation program at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham. He is associated with the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine and also holds an honorary position at the University of Galway (UOG), Ireland. Atif received BSc (honours) in computer engineering from COMSATS University, Pakistan, and MSc in electronic engineering from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He has been associated with UOG since 2011, starting a PhD in medical device engineering and later worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Translational Medical Device Lab (Oct 2015 - Feb 2018). In February 2018, Atif co-established an interdisciplinary research laboratory (Smart Sensors Lab) that focused on translational research across the disciplines of engineering, data science and medicine to build patient-centred technological solutions for un-met clinical needs.

Joining the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB) at University of Birmingham, Atif is leading research in needs-led health technology innovation with a focus on electromagnetic imaging and therapeutics, bio-sensing and medical signal processing. He currently leads the research theme of Medical Sensors and Wearable Technology at SMQB. His research is primarily user focused and translational that roots from need discovery process or by collaborating with industry. He has worked with several MedTech SMEs to co-develop new products ranging from class I to class III medical devices.

As an educator, Atif has contributed to delivery of several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including a formal lectureship at COMSATS University, Pakistan, and teaching at the University of Galway. He has taught core engineering modules to undergraduate students and medical technology and innovation at postgraduate level. After joining the University of Birmingham in 2021, he has setup the new MSc Biomedical Innovation programme with an aim to train next generation innovators. He is the programme director of the MSc Biomedical Innovation and leads the core postgraduate modules of the course.

Atif has contributed to over 70 research publications, several patents and has received 14 national and international awards. Building upon a strong industry collaborations and lab grown innovation, Atif has secured and contributed to several research and innovation grants worth more than £5m in past 6 years.

Postgraduate supervision

Atif is interested in supervising postgraduate students in the research fields of electromagnetic sensing and therapeutics, wireless implantable medical devices, and wearable biosensors.


  • Medical Device Engineering
  • Bio-Electronics & Bio-Sensors
  • RF and Microwave Medical Systems



Recent publications


Farooq, M, Riaz ur Rehman, M, Vazquez, P, Wijns, W, Shahzad, A & Kraśny, MJ 2024, 'Open-source controller for dynamic cardiovascular models', HardwareX, vol. 17, e00500. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ohx.2023.e00500

Iqbal, T, Elahi, A, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2023, 'Cortisol detection methods for stress monitoring in connected health', Health Sciences Review, vol. 6, 100079. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.HSR.2023.100079

Hannon, DM, Jones, T, Conolly, J, Judge, C, Iqbal, T, Shahzad, A, Madden, M, Kirrane, F, Conneely, P, Harte, BH, O'Halloran, M & Laffey, JG 2023, 'Development and assessment of the performance of a shared ventilatory system that uses clinically available components to individualize tidal volumes', BMC anesthesiology, vol. 23, no. 1, 239. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12871-023-02200-2

Iqbal, T, Elahi, MA, Wijns, W, Amin, B & Shahzad, A 2023, 'Improved Stress Classification Using Automatic Feature Selection from Heart Rate and Respiratory Rate Time Signals', Applied Sciences, vol. 13, no. 5, 2950. https://doi.org/10.3390/app13052950

Masud, M, Vazquez, P, Rehman, MR, Elahi, A, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2023, 'Measurement Techniques and Challenges of Wireless LC Resonant Sensors: A Review', IEEE Access. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2023.3309300

Amin, B, Rehman, MRU, Farooq, M, Elahi, A, Donaghey, K, Wijns, W, Shahzad, A & Vazquez, P 2023, 'Optimizing Cardiac Wireless Implant Communication: A Feasibility Study on Selecting the Frequency and Matching Medium', Sensors, vol. 23, no. 7. https://doi.org/10.3390/s23073411

Lunardi, M, Muhammad, F, Shahzad, A, Nadeem, A, Combe, L, Simpkin, AJ, Sharif, F, Wijns, W & McEvoy, JW 2023, 'Performance of wearable watch-type home blood pressure measurement devices in a real-world clinical sample', Clinical Research in Cardiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00392-023-02353-7

Farooq, M, Amin, B, Elahi, A, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2023, 'Planar Elliptical Inductor Design for Wireless Implantable Medical Devices', Bioengineering, vol. 10, no. 2, 151. https://doi.org/10.3390/bioengineering10020151

Farooq, M, Amin, B, Kraśny, MJ, Elahi, A, Rehman, MRU, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2022, 'An ex vivo study of wireless linkage distance between implantable LC resonance sensor and external readout coil', Sensors, vol. 22, no. 21, 8402. https://doi.org/10.3390/s22218402

Toth, GG, Achim, A, Kafka, M, Wu, X, Lunardi, M, Biswas, S, Shahzad, A, Thury, A, Ruzsa, Z, Johnson, TW & Wijns, W 2022, 'Bench test and in vivo evaluation of longitudinal stent deformation during proximal optimisation', Eurointervention, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 83-90. https://doi.org/10.4244/EIJ-D-21-00824

Amin, B, Shahzad, A, O'halloran, M, Mcdermott, B & Elahi, A 2022, 'Experimental validation of microwave imaging prototype and DBIM-IMATCS algorithm for bone health monitoring', IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 42589-42600. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3167715

Conference article

Farooq, M, Amin, B, Elahi, A, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2022, 'An optimized methodology to achieve irreversible bonding between PDMS and polyimides for biomedical sensors †', Engineering Proceedings, vol. 27, no. 1, 14. https://doi.org/10.3390/ecsa-9-13223


Kraśny, MJ, Benchakroun, H, Ištuk, N, O'Loughlin, D, Elahi, A, Shahzad, A, O’Halloran, M & Dunne, E 2023 'Simple Steps to Characterise a Conductivity Measurement Probe for Bio-impedance Applications' OSF Preprints. https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/pb9eq

Review article

Iqbal, T, Masud, M, Amin, B, Feely, C, Faherty, M, Jones, T, Tierney, M, Shahzad, A & Vazquez, P 2024, 'Towards Integration of Artificial Intelligence into Medical Devices as a Real-Time Recommender System for Personalised Healthcare: State-of-the-Art and Future Prospects', Health Sciences Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hsr.2024.100150

Charamba, B, Liew, A, Nadeem, A, Newell, J, O'Keeffe, DT, O'Brien, T, Wijns, W, Shahzad, A & Simpkin, AJ 2023, 'Statistical techniques used in analysing simultaneous continuous glucose monitoring and ambulatory electrocardiography in patients with diabetes: A systematic review', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 2, e0269968. https://doi.org/10.1371/JOURNAL.PONE.0269968

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