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Research Statement

My research is centred on promoting bone repair and in developing novel biomaterials for bone graft replacement. My current research projects include investigating novel bioactives from marine organisms to stimulate bone formation, controling the resorption of orthopaedic implants and investigating predictors of the adult progenitor cell reserve.


Leadership Roles (QUB)

Athena SWAN Co-Champion

Module co-ordinator for Evidence Based Nursing 2 (September intake)

Module co-ordinator for postgraduate module Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice Research

Leadership Roles (External)

Treasurer of the Northern Ireland Biomedical Engineering Society


Undergraduate modules

  • Evidence Based Nursing 2, BSc Nursing
  • Dimensions of Care, Year 2, BSc Nursing

Postgraduate modules

  • Clinical Inquiry and Applied Practice Research, MSc and PgDip pathways

Postregistration modules

  • Critical Care Nursing


Current Graduate Supervision

Matt Carson, Hannah Little (School of Mechanical and Aerospace Eningeering)

Research Interests

Currently Funded Projects

1. Demonstrating superior performance of novel medical implants. FJ Buchanan, SA Clarke. INVEST NI Proof of Concept Phase 2 and PoC Plus extension.

2. Potential osteogenicity of marine extracts from Irish waters: screening for bioactivity. SA Clarke


Completed Research Projects

1. Marine inspired biosilica-filled adhesive complex coacervates: DimDOM. Personal fellowship for PJ Walsh. Co-applicants: J Bothwell, SA Clarke. Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship, EU funded Programme. 

2. Evaluation of the osteogenic properties of a marine based tricomposite. H McMahon, SA Clarke. MSc Bursary, Insitute of Technology Tralee.

3. Computer simulation of biodegradation scaffolds: Validation against experiments and implementation for tissue engineering. P Prendergast, F Buchanan, N Dunne, SA Clarke.Science Foundation Ireland funding- North-Supplement scheme

4. Simulation of cell mediated bioresorption of calcium phosphate bone substitutes. FJ Buchanan, NJ Dunne, SA Clarke, Robert Mathys Foundation

5. Calcium Phosphate Cements for Bone Augmentation through Vertebroplasty R Wilcox, F Buchanan, N Dunne, SA Clarke, J Orr, D Barton EPSRC

6. Changes in the Osteogenic potential of Bone Marrow Stromal Cells with ageing. SA Clarke, DR Marsh. Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics

7. Gene Therapy for Osteogenesis Imperfecta.  G J Farrar, S Millington-Ward, GR Jordan, SA Clarke, DR Marsh. Ireland-Northern Ireland Co-operation – Research Project Grants, R&D Office.

8. The stimulation of new bone formation around a tibial implant using simvastatin. N Rushton and SA Clarke. Arthritis Research Campaign   

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 121 Downloads (Pure)

    The Osteogenic Potential of Brown Seaweed Extracts

    Walsh, P., McGrath, S., McKelvey, S., Ford, L., Sheldrake, G. & Clarke, S., 28 Feb 2019, In : Marine Drugs.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    131 Downloads (Pure)

    Whey Protein Complexes with Green Tea Polyphenols: Antimicrobial, Osteoblast-Stimulatory, and Antioxidant Activities

    Carson, M., Keppler, J. K., Brackman, G., Dawood, D., Vandrovcova, M., Fawzy El-Sayed, K., Coenye, T., Schwarz, K., Clarke, S., Skirtach, A. G. & Douglas, T. EL., 24 Jan 2019, In : Cells, tissues, organs.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    34 Downloads (Pure)

    Bioactive Compounds from Marine Organisms: Potential for Bone Growth and Healing

    Carson, M. A. & Clarke, S. A., 18 Sep 2018, In : Marine Drugs. 16, 9, 16 p., 340.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    137 Downloads (Pure)

    Blueprints for the Next Generation of Bioinspired and Biomimetic Mineralised Composites for Bone Regeneration

    Walsh, P., Matthew Julius, Clarke, S., Fee, K. & Buchanan, F., 20 Aug 2018, In : Marine Drugs. p. 288 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    161 Downloads (Pure)


  • Inaugural BORS/ORS Travelling Fellowship

    Susan Clarke (Recipient), Oct 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Lilian Bradley Award for Best Oral Presentation

    Susan Clarke (Recipient), Mar 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Gender, Social Justice and Innovation

    Susan Clarke (Invited speaker)
    21 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    AdvanceHE (External organisation)

    Susan Clarke (Reviewer)
    25 Feb 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Soapbox Science

    Susan Clarke (Speaker)
    29 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Biomaterials Symposium

    Susan Clarke (Invited speaker)
    11 Feb 201912 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    6th Annual Remerge Symposium

    Susan Clarke (Invited speaker)
    01 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Discovering bioactive compounds for bone growth: the osteogenicity of marine organism-derived extracts

    Author: Carson, M. A., Mar 2018

    Supervisor: Clarke, S. (Supervisor), Nelson, J. (Supervisor) & Gilmore, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    In vitro osteoclast resorption of calcium phosphate bone substitutes

    Author: Martin, J., Dec 2015

    Supervisor: Buchanan, F. (Supervisor), Clarke, S. (Supervisor), Dunne, N. (Supervisor) & Nelson, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy