Markus Pakleppa

Dr Markus Pakleppa

Lecturer in Biomedical Eng & Mech Eng


Dr Markus Pakleppa is a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Markus was awarded BSc and MSc degrees in Medical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen, Germany. He joined the University of Dundee in 2011 for the PhD programme in Mechanical Engineering. In 2016 he was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Science and Engineering where he is now leading the undergraduate programme in Biomedical Engineering. Markus is teaching subjects related to Engineering Materials, Mechanics and Medical Instruments.

Research Interests

Markus' main research interests are concerned with the development of medical phantoms and medical devices. His research covers the characterisation of tissue mimicking materials as well as the fabrication of organ phantoms. As part of this he is working on the development of anatomical test environments for surgical technology. He furthermore works on the development of affordable prosthetics for amputees in developing countries. This work is in particular investigating the application of variable stiffness joints in prosthetic limbs.


S. Cecilia Tapia-Siles, Oscar Urquidi-Gandarillas, Markus Pakleppa. Variable Stiffness Hand Prosthesis: A Systematic Review. Revista Investigación & Desarrollo de la Universidad Privada Boliviana. 2017. No 17, Vol. 1: 99 - 108.

Coleman SA, Tapia Siles SC, Pakleppa M, Vorstius JB, Keatch RP, Tang B et al. A hydraulically driven colonoscope. Surgical Endoscopy. 2016 Oct; 30(10):4515-4524

Coleman S, Tapia Siles SC, Pakleppa M, Vorstius J, Keatch R, Tang B et al. A hydraulically driven endoscope. 2016. Paper presented at 24th International EAES Congress, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Wang, R.X., M. Pakleppa, and E. Trucco, Low-Rank Prior in Single Patches for Nonpointwise Impulse Noise Removal. Ieee Transactions on Image Processing, 2015. 24(5): p. 1485-1496.

Pakleppa, M., Tapia-Siles, S. C., Coleman, S., Cuschieri, A., Keatch, R. and Vorstius, J. B., Development of an in vitro colonoscopy simulator with embedded sensors for the evaluation of colonoscopy devices. International Conference of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology 2014, 18th-20th September 2014, Shanghai.

Pakleppa, M., Vorstius, J. B., Keatch, R., Tapia-Siles, S. C., Coleman, S. and Cuschieri, A., Dempster-Shafer theory applied in state estimation of a pressure driven Endoscope for Hydro-Colonoscopy. 2013 16th International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion), 2013: p. 1413-1420.