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)

  • Liley, H., Zhang, J., Firth, E. C., Fernandez, J. W., & Besier, T. F. (2018). Statistical modeling of the equine third metacarpal bone incorporating morphology and bone mineral density. PLOS ONE, 13 (6), e0194406-e0194406. 10.1371/journal.pone.0194406
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier, Justin Fernandez
  • Al-Dirini, R. M. A., Huff, D., Zhang, J., Besier, T., Clement, J. G., & Taylor, M. (2018). Influence of collars on the primary stability of cementless femoral stems: A finite element study using a diverse patient cohort. Journal of orthopaedic research : official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society, 36 (4), 1185-1195. 10.1002/jor.23744
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Schneider, M. T., Zhang, J., Crisco, J. J., Weiss, A.-P. C., Ladd, A. L., Mithraratne, K., ... Besier, T. (2017). Trapeziometacarpal joint contact varies between men and women during three isometric functional tasks. Medical Engineering and Physics, 50, 43-49. 10.1016/j.medengphy.2017.09.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kumar Mithraratne, Poul Nielsen, Thor Besier, Marco Schneider
  • Liley, H., Zhang, J., Firth, E., Fernandez, J., & Besier, T. (2017). Using partial least squares regression as a predictive tool in describing equine third metacarpal bone shape. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 20 (15), 1609-1612. 10.1080/10255842.2017.1393806
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Elwyn Firth, Thor Besier
  • Schneider, M., Zhang, J., Crisco, J., Weiss, A. P., Ladd, A., Nielsen, P., & Besier, T. (2017). Early morphologic changes in trapeziometacarpal joint bones with osteoarthritis. Paper presented at ISB 2017 Congress XXVI, Brisbane, Australia. 23 July - 25 July 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Poul Nielsen, Thor Besier, Marco Schneider, Cameron Walker
  • Zhang, J., & Besier, T. F. (2017). Accuracy of femur reconstruction from sparse geometric data using a statistical shape model. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 20 (5), 566-576. 10.1080/10255842.2016.1263301
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Xu, C., Silder, A., Zhang, J., Reifman, J., & Unnikrishnan, G. (2017). A cross-sectional study of the effects of load carriage on running characteristics and tibial mechanical stress: implications for stress-fracture injuries in women. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 18 (1)10.1186/s12891-017-1481-9
  • Sartori, M., Fernandez, J. W., Modenese, L., Carty, C. P., Barber, L. A., Oberhofer, K., ... Besier, T. F. (2017). Toward modeling locomotion using electromyography-informed 3D models: Application to cerebral palsy. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine, 9 (2)10.1002/wsbm.1368
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32892
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Ngaire Stott, Thor Besier, Geoffrey Handsfield


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 117
New Zealand

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