School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Susan Morgan

Research Fellow


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For work purposes I use my maiden name, Susan Scholes.  I am a post-doctoral researcher within the School of Engineering.  My interests are in bioengineering and I am responsible for the investigation of explanted metal-on-metal hip prostheses and explanted knee prostheses.  I also undertake teaching duties.  I lecture 50% of the MEC3013 and MEC8049 modules; I supervise several MEC3098 and MEC8095 projects; and I co-supervise 4 PhD students.

Areas of expertise

  • Bioengineering
  • Tribology


  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Durham University, UK
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Engineering, Durham University, UK

Previous Positions

  • Senior Research Associate, School of Engineering, Durham, University 2000-2009
  • Annual Fund Assistant, Development and Alumni Relations Office, Durham University, 1999-2000

Honours and Awards

The Editorial Board for the Journal of Engineering in Medicine gave the 2009 PE Publishing Award to a paper that I wrote entitled “Compliant layer bearings in artificial joints. Part II: Simulator and fatigue testing to assess the durability of the interface between an elastomeric layer and a rigid substrate”.


Research Interests

Biotribology of hip and knee prostheses
Wear testing of biomaterials
Explant and retrieval studies (hips and knees)

Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) 


Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (MEC3013 and MEC8049).

Sole supervisor of several undergraduate students (MEC3098) and postgraduate MSc students (MEC8095).

Co-supervisor of four PhD students.