Dr Vickie Shim

BA BE(Hons) GradDipSc PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


Vickie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. She completed her PhD in finite element modelling of the hip joint and hip implants at the University of Auckland in 2007.

Since then, she has been conducting various researches related to the musculoskeletal system both in modelling and bioinstrumentation at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. In recent years, she has expanded her research into the human brain, especially traumatic brain injuries to characterize the injury mechanisms and possible preventative and therapeutic solutions. 

Research | Current

The main theme of her research is biomechanical and mechanobiologcial responses of the human musculoskeletal and nervous systems nunder physiological and traumatic conditions 

a) to identify injury mechanisms 

b) to develop new and/or improve current treatment options.

Vickie's projects are clinically oriented and conducted in close collaborations with a number of research and clinical groups in New Zealand and overseas. She uses multi-disciplinary and muliti-scale approaches to tackle these problems, which include:

  • Finding objective diagnosis and therapeutic targets for traumatic brain injuries,
  • Finding links between knee injuries and osteoarthritis,
  • Mechanobiology of Achilles tendinopathy for tissue engineering applications,
  • Hip joint fracture prediction and osteosynthesis with computational models,
  • Scarless wound healing and skin tissue engineering.

Teaching | Current

BIOMECH 221 Mechanics of Biomaterials (2013)

Postgraduate supervision


  • Yi-han Wu, Recreating tissue and cell damage after traumatic brain injury in vitro and in silico
  • Maryam Tayebi, Characterizing the pattern of damage in mild traumatic brain injury
  • Qichang Mei, Influence of foot morphology on foot biomechanics (co-supervisor)
  • Alex Swee, Bone integration in anterior lumbar inter-body fusion spinal implants (co-supervisor)
  • Wenx Hassen, Developing subject-specific FE model of the Achilles tendon from in vivo ultrasound (graduated 2017 from Griffith University)
  • Sophia Leung, Finding links in knee injuries and osteoarthritis (graduated 2016)
  • Jung Joo Kim, Developing a cell mechanical device for tendon tissue engineering (graduated 2015)
  • Jacob Munro, Computational modelling of retroacetabular pathology (graduated 2015)


2014   Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship to UC Berkeley, USA.

2011   Finalist for New Investigator Recognition Awards at the 7th Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies in Kyoto, Japan.

2009   International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering Young Investigator Award at the World Congress on Medical Physics and  Biomedical Engineering in Munich Germany.

Areas of expertise

Multiscale computational analysis, mechanobiology, continum mechanics, finite element analysis, bioinstrumentation, machine learning



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

Level G, Room G00C1
New Zealand

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