Mechanical Engineering

Prof Rebecca Shipley

Prof Rebecca Shipley

Professor of Healthcare Engineering

Dept of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st May 2012

Research summary

Becky's research interests lie in mathematical and computational modelling in medicine and biology with a focus on physiology modelling, blood flow and transport processes. Her work encompasses multidisciplinary approaches which integrate data from biological experiments, imaging and patients, with application areas spanning cancer, tissue engineering and human physiology in critical care. Current projects include the development of new computational models of cancer growth, transport processes and response to therapy; development of computational models of regeneration after peripheral nerve injury; design of engineered replacement tissues for peripheral nerve injury repair; the CHIMERA Hub for learning models of human physiology from patient vital sign data in intensive care.

With Prof James Phillips (UCL School of Pharmacy) she co-founded the UCL Centre for Nerve Engineering, which brings together physical, engineering, life and clinical scientists to tackle nerve injury repair. Her research has been awarded numerous prizes including the Rosetrees Trust Interdisciplinary Prize 2016 for research at the interface of mathematics, computer science and medicine. 

Teaching summary


Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
St. Hugh's College, Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Mathematics | 2005


Becky Shipley is Professor of Healthcare Engineering in UCL Mechanical Engineering, Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Vice Dean (Health) within the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences. She did her Undergraduate studies, DPhil (PhD) and Junior Research Fellowship in applied mathematics at the University of Oxford before joining UCL in 2012 as a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (promoted to Professor in 2019). During COVID-19, Becky co-led the UCL-Ventura CPAP programme with colleagues in engineering and medical sciences across UCL and UCL Hospitals, delivering non-invasive breathing aids to the NHS and globally. The team was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering President's Special Awards for Pandemic Service (2020), the Health Service Journal Awards 2020 Acute Sector Innovation of the Year, the Alex Moulton Award (2021) from the Institution of Engineering Designers, and Becky was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2021.

In her roles as Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering, Vice Dean (Health), Becky coordinates interdisciplinary research, innovation and knowledge exchange within healthcare engineering across UCL and its partner hospitals within the UCL Partners academic health system. Becky is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, Trustee of the International Medical Education Trust 2000 and a Non-Executive Director at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust.