Faculty of Biological Sciences

Dr Laura McFarlane

Teaching Fellow in Biomechanics
School of Biomedical Sciences

Background: BSc (Hons) in Biology (University of Sheffield 2002-2005), PGCE in Secondary Science Teaching (University of Sheffield 2005-2006), MSc in Taxonomy and Biodiversity (Natural History Museum and Imperial College, London 2007-2008). I came to Leeds in 2010 to study for a PhD on the effects of avian wing morphology and muscle function on flight performance. I am currently a lecturer in Biomechanics in the School of Biomedical Sciences (Leeds 2015-).

Contact:  Garstang 5.61, +44(0) 113 34 39145, email address for  

Research Interests

Biomechanics of locomotion



Studentship information

Undergraduate project topics:

  • Studies of locomotive performance in humans and animals using; biomechanical analysis, techniques to assess muscle function in relation to performance.
  • Applying biomechanics to sports and exercise sciences, particularly relating to improving sporting technique and performance

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • Maximising performance: effects of running speed on muscle activity and limb kinematics

See also:

Modules managed

SPSC1213 - Fundamentals of Mathematics
SPSC1218 - Introduction to Biomechanics

Modules taught

BLGY2330 - Terrestrial Ecology and Behaviour Field Course
BMSC1110/SPSC1220 - Foundation modules
SPSC1213 - Fundamentals of Mathematics
SPSC1218 - Introduction to Biomechanics
SPSC2302 - Exercise Physiology in Sport, Health and Disease
SPSC2304 - Mechanics of Sport and Exercise 2
SPSC2304/2213 - Mechanics of Sport and Exercise
SPSC3061 - Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science II
SPSC3301 - Inter-disciplinary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science
SPSC3315 - Movement Analysis
SPSC3316 - Mechanics of Sport and Performance
SPSC3389 - Research Project

McFarlane L, Altringham J, Askew G Take-off flight performance in blue tits., 2016
DOI:10.5518/51