Professor Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam has joined UCL Mechanical Engineering as Professor of Engineering and Surgery.
She has been part of the UCL Institute for Healthcare Engineering, and will be dividing her time between her roles at UCL and her continuing roles at Leeds General Infirmary, University of Leeds Medical School, University of Warwick Medical School & University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.
“I am delighted to have been appointed to this cross-faculty chair. The position gives me the opportunity to work closely with colleagues in both Engineering and Surgery, in a range of translational technologies which have the potential to improve the delivery of healthcare” said Professor Homer-Vanniasinkam.
Her research interests include vascular surgery, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and personalized medicine (the application of novel and emerging technologies in healthcare delivery). She employs molecular, cellular and higher order models to study human disease and vascular dysfunction.
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“Possibly a first for a mechanical engineering department in the UK, we are delighted that a surgeon of such distinction and such outstanding contributions in bringing technology to the operating theatre will be an integral part of UCL Engineering,” said the UCL Mechanical Engineering’s Head of Department, Professor Yiannis Ventikos (pictured right).
“The appointment of Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam as “Professor of Engineering and Surgery” in our department constitutes a breakthrough in removing silos and in integrating the generation of medical technology innovation with its application.”
Graduating from Mysore University, India in 1981, Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1989 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1998. She was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Leeds General Infirmary in 1995, a post she continues to hold. She has worked on a number of major research projects with the University of Leeds, the University of Bradford, and more recently the University of Warwick where she is Founding Professor of Surgery.
Over the course of her professional life, Professor Homer-Vanniasinkam has established many successful national and international collaborations.