Dr Massoud Alipour

BE PG ME Massey, PhD ABI

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Research Fellow
Honorary Academic


Massoud Alipour received a Master of Engineering in Mechatronics from Massey University in 2011. His Master's thesis title is 'Design and simulating of biosensor for DNA detection by CMOS technology'.

Massoud began studying for a PhD in Bioengineering at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in 2011.

Postgraduate supervision

The influence of fibre structure on gastrocnemius mechanics: informed through DTI and ultrasound

Massoud's doctoral research is focused on a validated finite element model of muscle for improved understanding of facial expressions. This project involves a rigorous scientific process of model validation using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.

This project has three main objectives:

  • validation of a computational muscle model by integrating experimental tools (MRI and Ultrasound) with finite element modelling to provide a more robust and repeatable muscle model that produces more reliable deformation
  • advance the current state of computational muscle modelling by incorporating more physiology such as fibre orientations, improved material laws and improved interaction between soft tissue and bones. This will take muscle models to a new level of anatomical realism with less of a ‘black box’ approach
  • develop an improved linearized muscle model for use by animators that gives comparable results to our detailed ‘gold-standard’ models



Research group

Musculoskeletal Modelling

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Fernandez, J., Mithraratne, K., Alipour, M., Handsfield, G., Besier, T., & Zhang, J. (2018). Towards rapid prediction of personalised muscle mechanics: integration with diffusion tensor imaging. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging and Visualization10.1080/21681163.2018.1519850
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoffrey Handsfield, Justin Fernandez, Kumar Mithraratne, Thor Besier, Ju Zhang
  • Alipour, M., Mithraratne, K., & Fernandez, J. (2017). A diffusion-weighted imaging informed continuum model of the rabbit triceps surae complex. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 16 (5), 1729-1741. 10.1007/s10237-017-0916-4
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43855
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez
  • Alipour, M., Mithraratne, K., Herbert, R. D., & Fernandez, J. (2017). A 3D ultrasound informed model of the human gastrocnemius muscle. In M. J. Cardoso, T. Arbel (Eds.) Imaging for patient-customized simulations and systems for point-of-care ultrasound, LNCS, volume 10549, 27-34. Québec City, QC, Canada: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-67552-7_4
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43842
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Kumar Mithraratne
  • Alipour, M. (2014). A diffusion tensor informed model of the gastrocnemius: A NZ White Rabbit Study. Paper presented at 7th World Congress of Biomechanics: Symposium on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, Boston, MA, U.S. 6 July - 11 July 2014.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kumar Mithraratne, Justin Fernandez
  • Alipour, M., Mithraratne, K., Shim, S., & Fernandez, J. (2012). Informing muscle mechanics through diffusion tensor imaging. Paper presented at Australian Biomedical Engineering conference, Queensland, Australia. 16 August - 19 August 2012.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kumar Mithraratne, Vickie Shim, Justin Fernandez
  • Alipour, M., Mithraratne, K., Shim, V., & Fernandez, J. (2012). Integrating diffusion tensor imaging with muscle mechanics. Paper presented at Medical Sciences Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand. 27 August - 29 August 2012.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kumar Mithraratne, Vickie Shim, Justin Fernandez