Robert Keatch

Professor Robert Keatch

Discipline Lead for Mechanical Engineering and Academic Lead for Marketing and Recruitment


Professor Robert Keatch graduated with a degree and PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Dundee where his research focussed on developing microengineering techniques for the international energy fusion (ICF) programme in Europe and the USA. He moved into academia in 2001 and as a senior lecturer he was appointed Head of the Division of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering in 2005 and Director of Student Recruitment and Marketing in 2013 responsible for undergraduates and postgraduates admissions across the School. Professor Keatch has overseen the implementation of three new postgraduate degrees in Biomedical engineering, which have now grown to become the largest MSc cohort in this subject area in the UK. He has also been pivotal in undergraduate recruitment and has seen an increase year on year in student applications into the Division of Mechanical Engineering and now commands the largest number of undergraduate applicants across the whole school. His Division of Mechanical Engineering has seen further success by being voted 1st in Scotland and in the top 10 in the whole UK for the past 7 years in various University League Tables.


Professor Keatch founded the multi-disciplinary Bio-Engineering Research Group in 2003 and lead the Regenerative Medicine Technology section as part of the Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT).  .His research interests cover a wide range of biomedical related activities but are primarily focused on generating complex functional 3D scaffolds used in bioengineering for wound healing. The principal objective of his group is to promote cross-disciplinary interactions between Engineering, Life Sciences, and Medicine and provide a platform of discovery at the interface of these sciences.


S Coleman, C Tapia-Siles, M Pakleppa, J Vorstius, R Keatch, B Tang, A Cuschieri “A hydraulically driven colonoscope”, accepted for publication in  Surgical Endoscopy. 2016

G. Guan, C. Li, Y. Ling,  J. Vorstius, R. Keatch, R. Wang , Z. Huang, "Quantitative evaluation of degenerated tendon model using combined optical coherence elastography and acoustic radiation force method" J. Biomed. Opt. 18(11), 111417 doi:10.1117/1.JBO.18.11.111417, Nov 05, 2013

 R.P Keatch, A.M Schor, J Vorstius, S.L Schor, “Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine: Engineering to recapitulate the natural”, Current Opinions in Biotech. (COBIOT - 1040), DOI 10.1016/j.copbio.2012.01.017, ISSN 0958-1669, Vol. 23(1-4), 2012

P.S. Maher, R.P. Keatch, K.P. Donnelly, J Vorstius "Bio-Mechanical Analysis for Characterising a 3D Printed Composite ", Int. J. of Med. Eng. and Informatics (IJMEI), Vol. 3(3), 2011 pp275-285 2011

P.S. Maher, R.P. Keatch, K.P. Donnelly, J.B. Vorstius, "Thermal Imaging Analysis of 3D Biological Agarose Matrices ", Int. J. of Med. Eng. and Informatics (IJMEI), ISSN 1755-0661, Vol. 3(2), pp167-179, 2011

R.E. Mackay, H.R. Le, R.P. Keatch, “Design optimisation and fabrication of SU-8 based electro-thermal microgrippers”,  J. Micro-Nano Mechatronics, Springer DOI 10.1007/s12212-010-0029-y, Vol. 6 pp13-22, 2011  

J. Paxton, K. Donnelly, R.P. Keatch, K Baar, L.M. Grover, “Factors affecting in vitro musculoskeletal interface longevity and strength”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, DOI 10.1007/s10439-010-0044-0, Vol. 38(6) pp2155-2166, June 2010

P.S. Maher, P.  Simmonds, Y. Min, R.P. Keatch, K.P. Donnelly, J.B. Vorstius "Development of Bone Anchor Substrates for Muscloskeletal Applications", Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies, Vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 204-210, 2010

P.S. Maher, R.P. Keatch, K.P. Donnelly, "Characterisation of Rapid Prototyping Techniques for Studies in Cell Behaviour ", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 16(2), pp116-124, 2010  

J.Z.Paxton, K.P. Donnelly, R.P. Keatch, K. Baar, “Engineering the Bone-Ligament Tissue Interface Using Polyethylene Glycol Diacrylate Incorporated with Hydroyapatite”, J. Tissue Eng., Part A, Vol. 15(6), pp1201-1209, 2009

P.S. Maher, R.P. Keatch, K.P. Donnelly, R. E. Mackay, J.Z. Paxton, “Construction of 3D Biological Matrices using Rapid Prototyping Technology”, Rapid Prototyping Journal.,  Vol. 15(3), pp. 204-210, 2009