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Dr Sinziana Popescu was awarded the 50th Anniversary Medical Device Innovation Fellowship, which is matched funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), joining Aston University as a Research Associate in June 2017.

Sinziana takes a complex role within our Biomedical Engineering group and Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC): www.md-tec.com. This is a collaborative project with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and University of Birmingham.

Sinziana has a diverse engineering background with project management and Six Sigma applied knowledge in the automotive industry and research. Before her PhD, Sinziana spent 2.5 years in the automotive industry, where she acquired valuable engineering skills such as concept design, problem-solving, failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA), root cause analysis and robust design for manufacturing. She has previous experience in rapid prototyping, cleanroom environment and design of experiments (DoE) for product validation. Her multi-disciplinary PhD project at Newcastle University (2014-2017) was focused on low-cost graphene biosensor development and rapid prototyping with a proof of concept for prostate cancer detection (PSA). Sinziana’s academic expertise covers carbon-based nanomaterials, electrochemical and bioimpedance characterisation, microfabrication and coatings.



  • Teaching: Clinical trials and medical regulations (B4CTM)
  • Supervision: MEng project, Biomedical Engineering
  • Industry: biomedical engineering student placements - liaison
  • MD-TEC: Medical device development, human factors engineering, usability studies


  • PRINCE2 practitioner (2017)
  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, UK (2014-2017)
  • MSc Microsystems Engineering, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University, UK – Distinction, Newcastle University (2010-2011)
  • MEng Automation and Control Engineering, Technical University Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania (2006-2010)

Contact Details

Email: s.popescu@aston.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3388


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