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Dr Kambiz Saber-Sheikh

Profile summary

  • Staff Tutor in Engineering
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation

Professional biography

Kambiz graduated as a mechanical engineer from the University of Sussex in 1993 with a degree project investigating the vibrational characteristics and stress stiffening effects of radial turbine blades using the finite element method.

He was awarded his PhD in Biomedical Materials in 1998 at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials, QMUL, the UK centre of excellence in biomaterials at that time. His PhD research, funded by EPSRC and industrially sponsored, was concerned with characterisation of 'soft' biomedical polymers, in particularly their viscoelastic behaviour.

He has since worked in a range of roles and industries, and has varied experience of research, design, consultancy and teaching. In 1998 he was employed at the University of Southampton working on finite element modelling of the non-linear contact behaviour of total knee replacement prosthetics.

From 1999 to 2001, working in a team based at UCL, he was responsible for the mechanical engineering analysis and design optimisation (FEA) of an astronomical instrument for the state of the art Gemini South telescope now commissioned at Cerro Pachon, Chile.

From 2001 to 2003 he worked in an engineering consultancy (Mott MacDonald), where he gained status as a chartered engineer (CEng), having analysis, design and development responsibilities on a number of national and international infrastructure projects. From 2003-2005 he qualified (PGCE) and worked as a school teacher.

Between 2006 and 2017 he was employed at the University of Brighton. His core role was coordinating a Biomechanics Laboratory. He collaborated on several mulitdisciplinary research projects (for example the Significant Walks project) and co-supervised several PhDs to completion.

He currently works for the Open University as a Staff tutor and Associate lecturer. He has taught on several engineering modules including T193, T207, T271, T272, T357 and T804.

His hobbies include playing tennis, running, gardening and carpentary.

Research interests

Varied research interests, including interdisciplinary research (for example collaborations in science, art and health), application of finite element analysis, biomechanics, biomaterials, viscoelasticity of polymers - particularly dynamic mechanical analysis.

 

Journal Articles

Marsh, P, Chubb, S, Saber-Sheikh, K, Hooker, C and Moore, A. (2016) A Gadamerian approach to interpreting pain: model-making metaphors through embodied cognitive theory. Digital Creativity, 27 (4). pp. 347-357. ISSN 1462-6268

Ha TH, Saber-Sheikh K, Moore AP, Jones MP. 2013. Measurement of lumbar spine range of movement and coupled motion using inertial sensors – a protocol validity study. Manual Therapy. 18 : 87-91

Saber-Sheikh K, Bryant E, Glazzard C, Hamel A, Lee R. 2010. Feasibility of using inertial sensors to assess human movement. Manual Therapy. 15 : 122-125

Saber-Sheikh K, Clarke RL, Braden M. 1999. Viscoelastic properties of some soft lining materials. I Effect of temperature. Biomaterials. 20 : 817-22.

Saber-Sheikh K, Clarke RL, Braden M. 1999. Viscoelastic properties of some soft lining materials. II Effect of water uptake. Biomaterials. 20 : 2055-62.

Conference Presentations

Moore, A. K.Saber-Sheikh, Chubb, S. Bryant N. (2016) Capturing the experience of chronic low back pain through personal visualisations of significant walks an art and health project. Manual Therapy, Vol 25, Sept 2016, page e145.

Hebron, C., Moore, A., Saber-Sheikh, K., Jackson, A. (2015). A randomised placebo-controlled study investigating the effects of mobilisation treatment duration on pain in participants with chronic low back pain. World Congress of Physiotherapy (WCPT) congress. Singapore, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.3367

Chubb S, Bryant N, Saber-Sheikh K. Moore A. (2015). “Significant walks”: Personal visualisations of the chronic low back pain experience – an arts, health and science project. World Congress of Physiotherapy (WCPT) congress. Singapore, doi:10.1016/j.physio.2015.03.1898

Smith C, Saber-Sheikh K, (2014), Measuring human movement during an expert exploration of the thorax, does this have implications for understanding how touch mediated perception works in learning anatomy? Anatomy Society Meeting. Bradford, UK

Taylor DA, Saber-sheikh K., (2012). The effects of a sacroiliac belt on postural control: A pilot study. 13th AGM College of chiropractors. London UK

Hebron, C., Moore, A., Saber-Sheikh, K., Jackson, A. (2012). A comparison of three-point bending and displacement methods of stiffness measurements in the lumbar spine: IFOMPT, the World Congress of Manual/Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Quebec City, Canada.

Hebron, C., Moore, A., Saber-Sheikh, K., Jackson, A. (2012). The immediate effects of 3 and 6 minutes of lumbar mobilisations on pain, ROM and stiffness in patients with low back pain: IFOMPT, the World Congress of Manual/Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Quebec City, Canada

Ha TH, Moore AP, Lee RYW, Saber-Sheikh K, Jones MP, (2008), Measurement of Spinal Motion Using Inertial Sensors - Comparison of different Computational Methods, 10th International Symposium 3D Analysis of Human Movement. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Saber-Sheikh K, Bryant EC, Glazzard C, Hamel A, Lee RYW. (2008) The feasibility of using inertial sensors to assess human movement. Knowledge Transfer through partnership: Delivering innovation in Healthcare: 9- 14. Brighton. UK.

D'Arrigo P, Bingham R, Charalambous A, Saber-Sheikh K, Savidge T. (2000). Active Flexure compensation for the HROS spectrograph. Proc. SPIE. Vol 4008. Optical and IR telescope instrumentation and detectors. 2000: 861-865.

Charalambous A, Percival JF, Saber-Sheikh K, Savidge T. (2000). Designing the Gemini high resolution optical spectrograph structure to meet the flexural performance required at a Cassegrain focus. Proc. SPIE. Vol 4008. Optical and IR telescope instrumentation and detectors: 148-158.

Clarke RL, Saber-Sheikh K. (1998). The water content and viscoelasticity of soft lining materials. J Dent Res Vol 77 B pp763 IADR conference, Nice, France.

Clarke RL, Saber-Sheikh K. (1997). Dynamic mechanical analysis of soft lining materials. J Dent Res. Vol 76 No 5 pp1021 BADR conference, Brighton, UK.

Saber-Sheikh K, Clarke RL. (1996). Water absorption and viscoelasticity of soft polymers. 5th World Biomaterials Congress Volume 2 pp 756 Toronto. Canada.

Saber-Sheikh K, Clarke RL. (1996). The viscoelastic frequency response of soft prosthesis materials. Institute of Materials. Polymers In Medicine and Surgery pp301-308 Glasgow UK.

Saber-Sheikh K, Clarke RL. (1995). The dynamic mechanical method for the testing of soft-lining materials. Biological Engineering Society, Biomaterials in Medicine Conference, Cambridge, UK.

Teaching interests

Engineering and Maths​, including teaching experience of the following OU modules: MU123, T193, T207, T271, T272, T357 and T804

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