Associate Professor Justin Wade Fernandez

BE(Hons) PhD

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Associate Professor
Associate Professor


Justin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Engineering Science (1999) and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Auckland (2004). Between 2005 and 2010 he completed an ARC postdoctoral fellowship at Melbourne University in Mechanical Engineering and was a research scientist at the CSIRO (Monash University).

He is a Principal Investigator in the musculoskeletal modelling group where he leads research into computational biomechanics, orthopaedics, sports science and forensics. His work integrates gait analysis, wearable sensors, large population data, statistical models and computational mechanics. His research strongly focuses on clinician engagement.

Research | Current

Justin's research interests are in computational biomechanics (soft tissue and bone), orthopaedics, finite element modelling and more recently particulate methods. His research project areas include

  • Infant biomechanics
  • Wearable sensors in orthopaedics
  • Implant design
  • Forensic biomechanics
  • Foot biomechanics
  • Muscle mechanics
  • Bone remodelling


Teaching | Current

  • BIOMENG 221: Mechanics of Engineered and Biological Materials (Semester 1)
  • BIOMENG 771: Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Biomechanics (Semester 2, coordinator)
  • ENGSCI 753: Computational Techniques in Mechanics and Bioengineering (Semester 1, coordinator)


Postgraduate supervision

Below are students current and past who I have supervised to Masters or PhD level. Shown are the year completed, topic and supervisors with main supervisor listed first.

Masters Completed

  • Andrew Lowry (2019), Infant biomechanics (Justin Fernandez, Qichang Mei)
  • Katie Adamson (2019), Volleyball jumping biomechanics (Justin Fernandez, Qichang Mei)
  • Sanjayan Surendran (2017), Optimisation and FE validation of implantable scaffolds (Justin Fernandez, Tim Woodfield)
  • Alex Wilson (2016), Evaluating inertial sensors in biomechanics (Justin Fernandez, Thor Besier)
  • Shasha Yeung (2015), Lower lumbar imaging and modelling (Justin Fernandez, Thor Besier, Ju Zhang)
  • Andi Lui (2015), FE modelling of spine biomechanics (Justin Fernandez, Vickie Shim)
  • Wilson Fok (2015), Statistical modelling in bone scaffold diffusion (Justin Fernandez, Jill Cornish)
  • Eryn Kwon (2014), Using SPH to study cranial backspatter (Raj Das, Justin Fernandez)
  • Melika Stephen (2014), 3-D bone models to improve treatment initiation among patients with osteoporosis (Keith Petrie, Andrew Grey, Justin Fernandez)

PhD Completed

  • Wilson Fok (2019, submitted), Towards machine learning in orthopaedics (Justin Fernandez, Tim Woodfield, Jill Cornish)
  • Xiaoming Wang (2019), FE multiscale cortical bone remodelling (Justin Fernandez, Raj Das)
  • Hyun Kim (2019), Barefoot running biomechanics (Ali Mirjalili, Justin Fernandez)
  • Shasha Yeung (2019), Population based modelling in clinical biomechanics (Justin Fernandez, Thor Besier, Ju Zhang)
  • Mohd Sabri Hussin (2019), Modelling wear in a novel implant design (Piaras Kelly, Justin Fernandez, Maziar Ramezani)
  • Annie Jones (2019), Visualizing the effect of medical treatment to improve adherence (Keith Petrie, Justin Fernandez)
  • Eryn Kwon (2019), SPH and physical modelling of cranial backspatter in forensics (Simon Bickerton, Justin Fernandez)
  • Helen Liley (2018), FE modelling of equine bone mechanics (Thor Besier, Justin Fernandez, Elwyn Firth)
  • Dharshini Sreenivasan (2015), Micro CT and FE modelling to evaluate bone treatments (Justin Fernandez, Jill Cornish)
  • Massoud Alipour (2015), Gastrocnemius mechanics using DTI and ultrasound (Justin Fernandez, Kumar Mithraratne)

Masters Current

  • Keith Woo (2019), Modelling patellofemoral implant design (Paul Monk, Justin Fernandez, Thor Besier)

PhD Current

  • Qichang Mei (2017-), Biomechanics of foot morphology (Justin Fernandez, Vickie Shim, Yaodong Gu)
  • Ricardo Florez (2018-), Infant biomechanics in first 2 years of life (Justin Fernandez, Ali Mirjalili, Thor Besier)
  • Julie Kim (2019-), Foot bone remodelling in forefoot strike runners (Justin Fernandez, Piaras Kelly, Thor Besier)
  • Stephanie Khuu (2018-), Agent based modelling in muscle with CP (Geoff Handsfield, Justin Fernandez)
  • Maryam Tayebi (2018- ), Machine learning and DTI in brain mechanics (Vickie Shim, Justin Fernandez, Poul Nielsen)
  • Nikita Ghosh (2018-), Machine learning in spine biomechanics for surgery planning (Julie Choisne, Justin Fernandez, Ju Zhang)
  • Alex Swee (2015-), Population based modelling in spine mechanics (Justin Fernandez, Tim Woodfield, Vickie Shim)


Graduated with a Vice Chancellors prize for best doctoral thesis.


  • Postgraduate advisor in Department of Engineering Science
  • Member of Postgraduate committee in ABI


Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • ANZORS committee member
  • Editorial board member of Medical Engineering and Physics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tse, K. M., Lee Robinson, D., Franklyn, M., Zhang, J. Y., Spratley, E. M., Salzar, R. S., ... Lee, P. V. S. (2020). Effect of sitting posture on pelvic injury risk under vertical loading. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 10810.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.103780
  • Mei, Q., Gu, Y., Sun, D., Li, J., & Fernandez, J. (2020). Progress on Biomechanical Research of Image-Based Subject-Specific OpenSim Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Model. Yiyong Shengwu Lixue/Journal of Medical Biomechanics, 35 (2), 259-264. 10.16156/j.1004-7220-2020-02-021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qichang Mei
  • Xiang, L., Mei, Q., Xu, D., Fernandez, J., & Gu, Y. (2020). Multi-segmental motion in foot during counter-movement jump with toe manipulation. Applied Sciences-Basel, 10 (5)10.3390/app10051893
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qichang Mei
  • Hussin, M. S., Fernandez, J., Ramezani, M., Kumar, P., & Kelly, P. A. (2020). Analytical and computational sliding wear prediction in a novel knee implant: a case study. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 23 (4), 143-154. 10.1080/10255842.2019.1709118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Piaras Kelly
  • Xiang, L., Mei, Q., Fernandez, J., & Gu, Y. (2020). A biomechanical assessment of the acute hallux abduction manipulation intervention. Gait & posture, 76, 210-217. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2019.11.013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qichang Mei
  • Sahrmann, A. S., Stott, N. S., Besier, T. F., Fernandez, J. W., & Handsfield, G. G. (2020). Correction: Soleus muscle weakness in cerebral palsy: Muscle architecture revealed with Diffusion Tensor Imaging. PloS one, 15 (6)10.1371/journal.pone.0234582
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier, Ngaire Stott, Geoffrey Handsfield
  • Khuu, S., Virgilio, K. M., Fernandez, J. W., & Handsfield, G. G. (2020). Mechano-Physiological Modeling to Probe the Role of Satellite Cells and Fibroblasts in Cerebral Palsy Muscle Degeneration. Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics (pp. 142-157). 10.1007/978-3-030-43195-2_11
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoffrey Handsfield
  • Wang, X., & Fernandez, J. (2020). A Mechanostatistical Approach to Multiscale Computational Bone Remodelling. Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics (pp. 159-176). 10.1007/978-3-030-37541-6_6


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 801
New Zealand

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