Dr Justin Wade Fernandez

BE(Hons) PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Engineering Science and a PhD in Bioengineering. His PhD work was in musculoskeletal modelling and was funded by an enterprise scholarship from the Foundation for Research Science and Technology. He graduated with a Vice Chancellors prize for best doctoral thesis.

Justin has been a postdoctoral researcher at Melbourne University and a research scientist at the CSIRO in Australia. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow and a Principal Investigator in the ABI Musculoskeletal Modelling Group. His is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering Science.

Research | Current

Justin's research interests are in computational biomechanics (soft tissue and bone), orthopaedics, finite element modelling and more recently particulate methods. His aim is to develop diagnostic tools that can better inform the medical field.

Justin is currently involved in the following projects:

  • Muscle mechanics for improved animation (funded through MSI (now Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment))
  • The strength of fluoride treated bones (funded through the Health Research Council)
  • The influence of the anabolic Lactoferrin in mice bones (funded through a Faculty of Engineering Research Development Fund (FRDF) grant)
  • Validation of multiscale bone remodelling (funded through Aotearoa Fellowship and Royal Society Mobility grant)
  • Multiscale modelling of the rabbit hind limb to investigate tendinitis (in conjunction with an Australian Research Council linkage grant)
  • Bone remodelling mechanics in equine and human bones (funded through the Aotearoa Fellowship)
  • Multiscale modelling at the bone cartilage interface (funded through the Aotearoa Fellowship)
  • Investigating how biomechanics may influence gout (funded through Auckland Medical Research Foundation)

International collaboration

Justin's international collaboration partners include:

Local collaboration

Justin's collaborations within the University of Auckland include:

Teaching | Current

Current teaching (2015)

  • Biomeng 221 (Semester 1)
  • Whole Organ Modelling: Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Biomechanics (Semester 2)

Past teaching (2014)

  • Mathematical Modelling 2 (MM2)


Postgraduate supervision

PhD (Primary Supervisor)

  • Wilson Fok 2014-
    Modelling bone integration in implant scaffolds
  • Andi Liu 2014-
    Integrating Spine Biomechanics with 18F-NaF PET/CT Imaging to Assess Lumbar Pain and Bone Remodelling
  • Christopher Miller 2014-
    A Multiscale Modelling Approach to Predict Cartilage Growth in Scaffolds: A Computational and Experimental Approach
  • Shasha Yeung 2014-
    A principal component analysis of shape, stress and NaF markers in the spine
  • Xiaoming Wang 2011-
    Multi-scale modelling in the hip

Masters (Primary Supervisor)

  • Alex Wilson 2015-
    Evaluating inertial sensors as a surrogate tool for joint damage


  • Massoud Alipour (PhD) 2011-2015
    The influence of fibre structure on gastrocnemius mechanics: informed through DTI and ultrasound
  • Dharshini Sreenivasan (PhD) 2011-2015
    Integrating micro CT and computational bone mechanics to evaluate bone treatment outcomes


Graduated with a Vice Chancellors prize for best doctoral thesis.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • ABI PBRF committee
  • ANZORS committee member

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shim, V. B., Fernandez, J. W., Gamage, P. B., Regnery, C., Smith, D. W., Gardiner, B. S., ... Besier, T. F. (2014). Subject-specific finite element analysis to characterize the influence of geometry and material properties in Achilles tendon rupture. Journal of biomechanics, 47 (15), 3598-3604.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25529
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vickie Shim, Thor Besier, Thiranja Babarenda Gamage
  • Munro, J. T., Fernandez, J. W., Millar, J. S., Walker, C. G., Howie, D. W., & Shim, V. B. (2014). Altered load transfer in the pelvis in the presence of periprosthetic osteolysis. Journal of biomechanical engineering, 136 (11).10.1115/1.4028522
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vickie Shim, Cameron Walker, Jacob Munro
  • Akbarshahi, M., Fernandez, J. W., Schache, A. G., & Pandy, M. G. (2014). Subject-specific evaluation of patellofemoral joint biomechanics during functional activity. Medical engineering & physics, 36 (9), 1122-1133. 10.1016/j.medengphy.2014.06.009
  • Thambyah, A., & Fernandez, J. (2014). Squatting-Related Tibiofemoral Shear Reaction Forces and a Biomechanical Rationale for Femoral Component Loosening. SCIENTIFIC WORLD JOURNAL10.1155/2014/785175
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashvin Thambyah
  • Fernandez, J., Sartori, M., Lloyd, D., Munro, J., & Shim, V. (2014). Bone remodelling in the natural acetabulum is influenced by muscle force-induced bone stress. Int J Numer Method Biomed Eng, 30 (1), 28-41. 10.1002/cnm.2586
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacob Munro, Vickie Shim
  • Sreenivasan, D., Watson, M., Callon, K., Dray, M., Das, R., Grey, A., ... Fernandez, J. (2013). Integrating micro CT indices, CT imaging and computational modelling to assess the mechanical performance of fluoride treated bone. Medical Engineering and Physics, 35 (12), 1793-1800. 10.1016/j.medengphy.2013.07.013
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30669
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Maureen Watson, Jillian Cornish, Andrew Grey, Raj Das, Karen Callon, Michael Dray
  • Smith, D. W., Rubenson, J., Lloyd, D., Zheng, M., Fernandez, J., Besier, T., ... Gardiner, B. S. (2013). A conceptual framework for computational models of Achilles tendon homeostasis. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Syst Biol Med, 5 (5), 523-538. 10.1002/wsbm.1229
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/23066
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Fernandez, J. W., Ul Haque, M. Z., Hunter, P. J., & Mithraratne, K. (2012). Mechanics of the foot Part 1: a continuum framework for evaluating soft tissue stiffening in the pathologic foot. International journal for numerical methods in biomedical engineering, 28 (10), 1056-1070. 10.1002/cnm.2494
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Hunter, Kumar Mithraratne


Contact details

Primary location

Level 1, Room 129
New Zealand

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