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)

  • Al-Dirini, R. M. A., Martelli, S., Huff, D., Zhang, J., Clement, J. G., Besier, T., & Taylor, M. (2018). Evaluating the primary stability of standard vs lateralised cementless femoral stems - A finite element study using a diverse patient cohort. Clinical biomechanics (Bristol, Avon), 59, 101-109. 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.09.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Zhang, J., Ackland, D., & Fernandez, J. (2018). Point-cloud registration using adaptive radial basis functions. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 21 (7), 498-502. 10.1080/10255842.2018.1484914
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42896
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier
  • Fernandez, J., Mithraratne, K., Alipour, M., Handsfield, G., Besier, T., & Zhang, J. (2018). Towards rapid prediction of personalised muscle mechanics: integration with diffusion tensor imaging. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging and Visualization10.1080/21681163.2018.1519850
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoffrey Handsfield, Justin Fernandez, Kumar Mithraratne, Massoud Alipour, Thor Besier
  • Schneider, M. T. Y., Zhang, J., Crisco, J. J., Weiss, A. P. C., Ladd, A. L., Nielsen, P. M. F., & Besier, T. (2018). Automatic segmentation of the thumb trapeziometacarpal joint using parametric statistical shape modelling and random forest regression voting. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging and Visualization10.1080/21681163.2018.1501765
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Marco Schneider, Poul Nielsen, Thor Besier
  • Waite, S. J., Zhang, J., Cater, J. E., Waghorn, G. C., Bain, W. E., McEwan, J. C., & Suresh, V. (2018). Development of an in situ procedure to evaluate the reticulo-rumen morphology of sheep selected for divergent methane emissions. animal10.1017/S1751731118001854
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43689
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vinod Suresh, John Cater
  • 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)10.1371/journal.pone.0194406
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Thor Besier, Elwyn Firth, Justin Fernandez
  • Fernandez, J., Zhang, J., Shim, V., Munro, J. T., Sartori, M., Besier, T., ... Hunter, P. (2018). Musculoskeletal modelling and the physiome project. CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Courses and Lectures (pp. 123-174). 10.1007/978-3-319-58845-2_3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin Fernandez, Jacob Munro, Thor Besier, David Nickerson, Peter Hunter, Vickie Shim


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 1, Room 117
New Zealand

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