Dr Ju Zhang

BE(Hons) PhD

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Honorary Academic


Ju graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) specialising in Biomedical Engineering in 2009 and went on to complete his PhD in Bioengineering in 2013. Supervised by Professor Poul Nielsen, Ju's doctoral research focused on the development of statistically-based computational methods for characterising the natural variations of femur morphology, as presented in CT images.

On attaining his PhD, Ju returned to the ABI as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Research | Current

Ju is continuing his work in statistical shape modelling and image analysis on other organs, particularly in the lower limbs. In addition, he is making his computational methods publicly available through the FDA-funded Musculoskeletal Atlas Project.

Current projects

  • Musculoskeletal Atlas Project
  • Virtual Clinical Trials Project
  • Statistical shape modelling of the pelvis and spine

Research interests

  • Statistical shape modelling
  • medical image analysis
  • 3-D geometric modelling
  • Orthopaedic applications of population models

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Yeung, S., Toor, A., Deib, G., Zhang, J., Besier, T., & Fernandez, J. (2020). Relationship between lower lumbar spine shape and patient bone metabolic activity as characterised by 18F NaF bio-markers. Computers in biology and medicine, 11610.1016/j.compbiomed.2019.103529
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier, Justin Fernandez
  • Villette, C. C., Zhang, J., & Phillips, A. T. M. (2019). Influence of femoral external shape on internal architecture and fracture risk. Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology10.1007/s10237-019-01233-2
  • Yeung, S., Fernandez, J. W., Handsfield, G. G., Walker, C., Besier, T. F., & Zhang, J. (2019). Rapid muscle volume prediction using anthropometric measurements and population-derived statistical models. Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology10.1007/s10237-019-01243-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Geoffrey Handsfield, Cameron Walker, Thor Besier
  • Bahl, J. S., Zhang, J., Killen, B. A., Taylor, M., Solomon, L. B., Arnold, J. B., ... Thewlis, D. (2019). Statistical shape modelling versus linear scaling: Effects on predictions of hip joint centre location and muscle moment arms in people with hip osteoarthritis. Journal of biomechanics, 85, 164-172. 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.01.031
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Waite, S. J., Zhang, J., Cater, J. E., Waghorn, G. C., Bain, W. E., McEwan, J. C., & Suresh, V. (2019). Development of an in situ procedure to evaluate the reticulo-rumen morphology of sheep selected for divergent methane emissions. Animal, 13 (3), 542-548. 10.1017/S1751731118001854
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43689
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vinod Suresh, John Cater
  • Vallabh, R., Zhang, J., Fernandez, J., Dimitroulis, G., & Ackland, D. C. (2019). The morphology of the human mandible: A computational modelling study. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology10.1007/s10237-019-01133-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez
  • Suwarganda, E. K., Diamond, L. E., Lloyd, D. G., Besier, T. F., Zhang, J., Killen, B. A., ... Saxby, D. J. (2019). Minimal medical imaging can accurately reconstruct geometric bone models for musculoskeletal models. PloS one, 14 (2)10.1371/journal.pone.0205628
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47068
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Al-Dirini, R. M. A., Martelli, S., O'Rourke D, Huff, D., Zhang, J., Clement, J. G., ... Taylor, M. (2019). Virtual trial to evaluate the robustness of cementless femoral stems to patient and surgical variation. Journal of biomechanics, 82, 346-356. 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.11.013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 117
New Zealand

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