Mr Qichang Mei

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Mr. Qichang Mei graduated from Hubei University (China) in 2012 with a Bachelor degree in Human Movement Science and second degree in English Literature. Following this, he spent three years researching towards a Master’s degree in Human Movement Science (Sports Biomechanics) from Ningbo University (China), and graduated with a Zhejiang Province Distinction Award in 2016. He was awarded a New Zealand China Doctoral Research Scholarship (from the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) to begin his PhD in 2017 at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.

Research | Current


The influence of foot morphology on foot biomechanics

Qichang has focused on foot and running biomechanics since his Master’s study. His PhD research will focus on foot biomechanics and foot morphology. His PhD will include experimental gait biomechanics, and computational FE modelling of two distinct foot shapes (the abducted hallux of Chinese origin and adducted hallux of Indian origin). A further component of his work will evaluate the biomechanics of Chinese women with bound feet, also known as 'San Cun Jin Lian' in Chinese. 

Understanding the influence of foot morphology on foot biomechanics will inform development of customized footwear for individuals with different foot shapes.


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wang, M., Fu, L., Gu, Y., Mei, Q., Fu, F., & Fernandez, J. (2018). Comparative Study of Kinematics and Muscle Activity Between Elite and Amateur Table Tennis Players During Topspin Loop Against Backspin Movements. JOURNAL OF HUMAN KINETICS, 64 (1), 25-33. 10.1515/hukin-2017-0182
  • Xiang, L., Mei, Q., Fernandez, J., & Gu, Y. (2018). Minimalist shoes running intervention can alter the plantar loading distribution and deformation of hallux valgus: A pilot study. Gait & Posture, 65, 65-71. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2018.07.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez
  • Fu, L., Gu, Y., Mei, Q., Baker, J. S., & Fernandez, J. (2018). A kinematics analysis of the lower limb during running with different sports shoes. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 175433711878441-175433711878441. 10.1177/1754337118784415
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez
  • Liu, G., Fekete, G., Yang, H., Ma, J., Sun, D., Mei, Q., & Gu, Y. (2018). Comparative 3-dimensional kinematic analysis of snatch technique between top-elite and sub-elite male weightlifters in 69-kg category. Heliyon, 4 (7), e00658-e00658. 10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00658
  • Quan, W. J., Mei, Q. C., Gu, Y. D., Ren, F., Sterzing, T., & Fernandez, J. (2018). Biomechanical Variations in Female Runner’s Pre and Post Treadmill Running. Journal of Biomimetics, Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, 37, 1-11. 10.4028/
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez
  • Mei, Q., Gu, Y., & Fernandez, J. (2018). Alterations of Pregnant Gait during Pregnancy and Post-Partum. Scientific reports, 8 (1)10.1038/s41598-018-20648-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez
  • Sun, D., Fekete, G., Mei, Q., & Gu, Y. (2018). The effect of walking speed on the foot inter-segment kinematics, ground reaction forces and lower limb joint moments. PeerJ, 2018 (8).10.7717/peerj.5517
  • Mei, Q., Gu, Y., Sun, D., & Fernandez, J. (2018). How foot morphology changes influence shoe comfort and plantar pressure before and after long distance running?. ACTA OF BIOENGINEERING AND BIOMECHANICS, 20 (2), 179-186. 10.5277/ABB-01112-2018-02
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez