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.

Research | Current

The main theme of her research is biomechanical and mechanobiologcial responses of the human musculoskeletal system under physiological and traumatic conditions

a) to identify injury mechanisms and

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. They include:

  • 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


  • Sophia Leung, Finding links in knee injuries and osteoarthritis (main)
  • Jung Joo Kim, Developing a cell mechanical device for tendon tissue engineering (co-supervisor)
  • Wenx Hassen, Developing subject-specific FE model of the Achilles tendon from in vivo US (co-supervisor)


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




Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shim, V. B., Battley, M., Anderson, I. A., & Munro, J. T. (2015). Validation of an efficient method of assigning material properties in finite element analysis of pelvic bone. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 18 (14), 1495-1499. 10.1080/10255842.2014.920831
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25524
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacob Munro, Iain Anderson, Mark Battley
  • 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. 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.10.001
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25529
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, 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: Justin Fernandez, Cameron Walker, Jacob Munro
  • Shim, V. B., & Mithraratne, K. (2014). Activation pattern of nuclear factor-kB in skin after mechanical stretch - A multiscale modeling approach. CMES Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences, 98 (3), 279-294. 10.3970/cmes.2014.098.279
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25523
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kumar Mithraratne
  • Munro, J. T., Anderson, I. A., Walker, C. G., & Shim, V. B. (2013). Finite element analysis of retroacetabular osteolytic defects following total hip replacement. Journal of Biomechanics, 46 (14), 2529-2533. 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.07.038
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Iain Anderson, Cameron Walker, Jacob Munro
  • Shim, V. B., Pitto, R. P., & Anderson, I. A. (2012). Quantitative CT with finite element analysis: towards a predictive tool for bone remodelling around an uncemented tapered stem. International Orthopaedics, 36 (7), 1363-1369. 10.1007/s00264-012-1513-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rocco Pitto, Iain Anderson
  • Shim, V., Hunter, P. J., Pivonka, P., & Fernandez, J. W. (2011). A multiscale framework based on the Physiome markup languages for exploring the initiation of osteoarthritis at the bone-cartilage interface. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 58 (12), 3532-3536. 10.1109/TBME.2011.2165955
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25514
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Peter Hunter
  • Shim, V. B., Böshme J, Vaitl, P., Josten, C., & Anderson, I. A. (2011). An efficient and accurate prediction of the stability of percutaneous fixation of acetabular fractures with finite element simulation. J Biomech Eng, 133 (9)10.1115/1.4004821
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Iain Anderson