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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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Projects 2006 2015

Research Output 2001 2019

Open Access
Equipment and Supplies
2 Citations (Scopus)

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
Complex Mixtures
Bone Diseases
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Alkaline Phosphatase
10 Citations (Scopus)

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
Aquatic Organisms
Bone Development
2 Citations (Scopus)

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
Bone Regeneration
Calcium Carbonate
Cell Wall



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)

Activities 2001 2019

Soapbox Science

Susan Clarke (Speaker)
29 Jun 2019

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

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

Biomaterials Symposium

Susan Clarke (Invited speaker)
11 Feb 201912 Feb 2019

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

European Society of Biomaterials (External organisation)

Susan Clarke (Member)
23 Mar 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation


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., 2015

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy