Dr Dimitra Blana

Dr Dimitra Blana


Dr Dimitra Blana
Dr Dimitra Blana

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Room 1:173, Polwarth Building
AB25 2ZD
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Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science


I received my B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2001. I went on to earn my M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, in 2003, and PhD from the same institute in 2008.

I am a member of the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science, and I develop and use computational tools with the aim to improve human health.

I am very active in public engagement with research. I aim to be an advocate for women in science, and encourage young people to consider careers in STEM.  

I am increasingly interested in open and reproducible research, and as a Mozilla Open Leader I have developed an online platform for sharing code and expertise for clinical movement analysis.


Research Interests

I develop computational tools, design experiments and analyse data to address clinical needs in the area of human movement disorders.

Research Grants

  • Clinical movement analysis society (CMAS) small grant: A free online platform for sharing movement analysis code and resources, 2019
  • EPSRC Healthcare Technologies grant: Personalised approach to restoration of arm function in people with high-level tetraplegia, 2018-2021 
  • Innovation Fund from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Intelligent FES for restoring arm movement in people with tetraplegia, 2018
  • RCUK Public Engagement with Research Catalysts: Co-Production and Creativity: ethos, typologies and innovation in public engagement practice, 2017 - 2018
  • Keele Innovation Fund: Using digitally enhanced creative methods to engage the community with biomedical engineering research, 2017
  • Orthopaedic Institute / Keele ACORN PhD studentship: Biomechanical modelling of toe walking gait to inform the prescription of ankle foot orthoses in children with cerebral palsy, 2016 - 2019
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH): Intracortical control of FES-restored arm and hand function in people with spinal cord injury, subcontract with Case Western Reserve University, 2015 - 2017
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH): Prosthesis Control by Forward Dynamic Simulation of the Intact Biomedical System, subcontract with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2013 - 2015
Further Info

Scientific Outreach


  • 2019 Mozilla Open Leader for the CMAS-open-code project
  • 2019 Nominated for Excellence Award in Outreach and Engagement
  • 2019 Panelist at the "Human transformation - moving and sensing" workshop organised by the Royal Society
  • 2018 EPSRC Recognising Inspiring Scientists and Engineers (RISE) Connector
  • 2018 Exhibitor at Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
  • 2015 National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) Visiting Scholarship
  • 2013 NCSRR Outstanding Researcher Award
  • 2008 ISG - MBEC Young Investigator Best Applied Research Paper Award
  • 2005 Medtronic Foundation Fellowship
  • 2001 Case Prime Fellowship