Paper 8 Engineering For The Life Sciences


timing: 14 lectures + 2 examples classes (weeks 1-4 Easter term), 4 hours/week (2pm-3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays)

Engineering Applied to the Living World

The aims of the course are to enable students to appreciate the vast potential for the application of engineering principles in biology and medicine, and learn about four specific application areas in which Part I engineering principles can be applied to:

  • gain insight into visual processing and optimality in eye design.
  • study the structure and function of the eye.
  • the design of ocular prostheses.
  • medical imaging of the components of the eye

Leader: external link: Dr. Graham Treece lecturers: external link: Dr. Máté Lengyel, external link: Dr. Henning Sprekeler, external link: Dr. Michelle Oyen,

external link: Sample exam paper PDF, external link: Sample exam cribsheet PDF


Biological vision with an engineer's eye (4L, Dr. M. Lengyel)

(Click on topics above to download copies of slides.)

Visual processing (3L, Dr. H. Sprekeler)

  • From eye to brain
  • Spatial, depth & colour vision.

external link: Hand out (copy of slides)

Imaging the eye (4L, Dr. G. Treece)

  • Optical fundus imaging and the scanning laser ophthalmoscope
  • 2D and 3D optical coherence tomography
  • Ocular ultrasonography
  • Visualisation of 3D data

Introduction and Ocular biomechanics and biomaterials (4L, Dr. M. Oyen)

  • Healthy eye and ocular biomechanics
  • Structural and mechanical diseases of the eye
  • Lens and cornea replacement and transplantation
  • Future eye repair practices: tissue engineering

external link: Hand out (copy of slides)

external link: Examples questions

Examples class (Dr. M. Oyen / Dr. G. Treece)


Please see the external link: Booklist for Part IB Courses for references to this module.