Engineering and the Environment
After receiving an MSc degree in aeronautical & astronautical engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Markus Heller obtained a PhD in human biology (University of Ulm) and a lecturer ship in experimental surgery (Charité Berlin, Germany). Since 2012, Markus is full professor of biomechanics at the University of Southampton (UK) where he co-chairs the University’s strategic research group in health technology.
Markus focussed his career on understanding and quantifying the role of the mechanical loads in musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. His work utilizing quantitative methods to assess the internal loading conditions and function of the extremities is aimed at improving the practice of joint surgery and trauma care and has been recognized by numerous prestigious international awards including the Clinical Biomechanics as well as the S.M. Perren awards of the European Society of Biomechanics.
Markus serves as treasurer of the German Society of Biomechanics (DGfB) and as member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Biomechanics, is ad-hoc reviewer for numerous biomedical journals and charities as well as the German Research Foundation (DFG), and sits on the Research subcommittee of Arthritis Research UK.