Lisa Fitzgerald

Favourite Thing: Using engineering principles to understand the human body and help develop equipment and implants that can help give people their life back when their body lets them down.



Kendrick Girls Grammar School, Year 7-13


University of Bath (Undergraduate & PhD)

Work History:

Making snake arm robots at OC Robotics and testing bone substitute materials at the University of Bath.


University of Bath

Current Job:

Postgraduate researcher in the Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics at the University of Bath

Me and my work

I develop moving models of human joints to use to test how implants move compared to the natural body.

My Typical Day

I spend most days doing a combination of reading papers to keep up to date, developing and building new test rigs, and carrying out experiments.

What I'd do with the money

Spread the word about what engineering really is so that more people realise it is an exciting and varied discipline which plays a part in every part of our lives.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Hard working, Caring, Fun

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

I’m sure if I had the skill I’d love to triumph at a sport but being a scientists gives you the ability to do so much more, help so many more and get involved in so many different things.

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

I guess being able to teleport would be pretty cool – I’d love to skip out the travelling bit when going on holiday!

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

I’ve never been the best at sport … but iI guess I would have loved to have been able to do a heptathlon – its amazing how good they can be at so many vastly different things!

What did you want to be after you left school?

I really didn’t know … I knew I wanted to design/work with things that help make peoples lives better but it wasn’t till I started my degree I realised I could do that and so much more with engineering.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Sadly I don’t have any good anecdotes for this one … was a bit of a geek!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I honestly don’t know – I guess you’ll have to ask he people I work with!

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