Dr Atif Shahzad

Dr Atif Shahzad

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Research Fellow & Lead for MSc Biomedical Innovation

Contact details

Address
Room 326, Level 3 IBR Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Atif Shahzad is a research fellow and 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 National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. Atif is interested in need-led health technology innovation with a focus on device-based therapies, monitoring and diagnostic technologies.

Qualifications

  • 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

Biography

Dr Atif Shahzad is a research fellow and 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 National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. Atif received BSc (honours) in computer engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan, and MSc in electronic engineering from University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He has been associated with NUI Galway since 2011, starting a PhD in medical device engineering and later worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Translational Medical Device Lab (Oct 2015 - Feb 2018). In February 2018, Atif co-established an interdisciplinary research laboratory (Smart Sensors Lab) that bridges 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 at University of Birmingham, Atif is leading research in need-led health technology innovation with a focus on electromagnetic imaging and therapeutics, bio-sensing and medical signal and image processing.

As an educator, Atif has contributed to delivery of several undergraduate and postgraduate programs including a formal lectureship at COMSATS Institute of Informational Technology, Pakistan, from 2006 to 2011, where he taught undergraduate modules at the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Atif has contributed to over 50 research publications, several patents and has received 14 national and international awards. He is a topic editor of MDPI Biosensors journal and frequent reviewer of Diagnostics, Sensors and several engineering journals. Building upon a strong industry collaborations and lab grown innovation, Atif has secured and contributed to several research and innovation grants worth more than £3.5m in past 6 years.

Postgraduate supervision

  • Muhammad Farooq (2018-2022; NUI Galway)
  • Talha Iqbal (2018-2022; NUI Galway)
  • Muhammad Bilal (2017-2021; NUI Galway)

Research

  • Medical Device Development
  • Biosensing
  • Digital Signal and Image Processing
  • Microwave Imaging and Therapeutics
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Dielectric Spectroscopy

Research Groups and Centres

Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine

Smart Sensors Lab

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Amin, B, Shahzad, A, Crocco, L, Wang, M, O'Halloran, M, González-Suárez, A & Elahi, MA 2021, 'A feasibility study on microwave imaging of bone for osteoporosis monitoring', Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 925-936. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11517-021-02344-8

Iqbal, T, Elahi, A, Redon, P, Vazquez, P, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2021, 'A review of biophysiological and biochemical indicators of stress for connected and preventive healthcare', Diagnostics, vol. 11, no. 3, 556. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics11030556

Iqbal, T, Redon-Lurbe, P, Simpkin, AJ, Elahi, A, Ganly, S, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2021, 'A sensitivity analysis of biophysiological responses of stress for wearable sensors in connected health', IEEE Access, vol. 9, pp. 93567-93579. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3082423

Redon, P, Shahzad, A, Iqbal, T & Wijns, W 2021, 'Development of a new detection algorithm to identify acute coronary syndrome using electrochemical biosensors for real-world long-term monitoring', Bioengineering, vol. 8, no. 2, 28. https://doi.org/10.3390/bioengineering8020028

Shahzad, A 2021, 'Dielectric characterization of ex vivo ovine and human adrenal glands for microwave thermal ablation applications', IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, vol. 2021, no. 00, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1109/JERM.2021.3052108

Amin, B, Shahzad, A, Kelly, D, O'Halloran, M & Elahi, A 2020, 'Anthropomorphic Calcaneus Phantom for Microwave Bone Imaging Applications', IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology. https://doi.org/10.1109/JERM.2020.3029938

Redón, P, Shahzad, A, Iqbal, T & Wijns, W 2020, 'Benefits of Home-Based Solutions for Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Coronary Syndromes on Health Care Costs: A Systematic Review', Sensors. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20175006

Amin, B, Shahzad, A, Farina, L, Parle, E, McNamara, L & Elahi, MA 2020, 'Dielectric characterization of diseased human trabecular bones at microwave frequency', Medical Engineering and Physics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2020.01.014

Amin, B, Shahzad, A, O’Halloran, M & Elahi, MA 2020, 'Microwave Bone Imaging: A Preliminary Investigation on Numerical Bone Phantoms for Bone Health Monitoring', Sensors. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20216320

Mahfoud, F, Azizi, M, Ewen, S, Pathak, A, Ukena, C, Blankestijn, PJ, Böhm, M, Burnier, M, Chatellier, G, Durand Zaleski, I, Grassi, G, Joner, M, Kandzari, DE, Kirtane, A, Kjeldsen, SE, Lobo, MD, Lüscher, TF, McEvoy, JW, Parati, G, Rossignol, P, Ruilope, L, Schlaich, MP, Shahzad, A, Sharif, F, Sharp, ASP, Sievert, H, Volpe, M, Weber, MA, Schmieder, RE, Tsioufis, C & Wijns, W 2020, 'Proceedings from the 3rd European Clinical Consensus Conference for clinical trials in device-based hypertension therapies', European Heart Journal. https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehaa121

Farooq, M, Iqbal, T, Vazquez, P, Farid, N, Thampi, S, Wijns, W & Shahzad, A 2020, 'Thin-Film Flexible Wireless Pressure Sensor for Continuous Pressure Monitoring in Medical Applications', Sensors. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20226653

Amin, B, Elahi, MA, Shahzad, A, Porter, E & O’Halloran, M 2019, 'A review of the dielectric properties of the bone for low frequency medical technologies', Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express. https://doi.org/10.1088/2057-1976/aaf210

Conference contribution

Amin, B, Kelly, D, Shahzad, A, O'Halloran, M & Elahi, MA 2020, Microwave calcaneus phantom for bone imaging applications. in 14th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2020. https://doi.org/10.23919/EuCAP48036.2020.9135355

Preprint

Laffey, JG, Hannon, DM, Jones, T, Judge, C, Iqbal, T, Shahzad, A, Madden, M, Kirrane, F, Conneely, P, Harte, BH, O'Halloran, M & Laffey, JG 2020 'Development and assessment of the performance of a shared ventilatory system that uses clinically available components to individualize tidal volumes'. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.09.20246165

Review article

Wu, X, Ono, M, Kawashima, H, Poon, EKW, Torii, R, Shahzad, A, Gao, C, Wang, R, Barlis, P, von Birgelen, C, Reiber, JHC, Bourantas, CV, Tu, S, Wijns, W, Serruys, PW & Onuma, Y 2021, 'Angiography-based 4-dimensional superficial wall strain and stress: a new diagnostic tool in the catheterization laboratory', Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, vol. 8, 667310. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2021.667310

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