Professor Dingchang Zheng

Professor of Medical Technology and Innovation

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation , Vision and eye research

Research Supervision:Yes

Professor Zheng has been engaged in developing novel medical technologies since 2002 at multidisciplinary groups in both university and hospital environments.


Professor Zheng works across multidisciplinary areas with electronic engineers, medical physicists, computer scientists, clinical consultants, industrial partners, guideline makers, and allied professionals at different stages along the pathway of medical device development and commercialization. He has earned his reputation in research and development of novel cardiovascular technologies and devices with scientific and socioeconomic impacts to address unmet clinical needs, particularly in novel blood pressure and arterial stiffness measurement techniques, and recent developments on monitoring devices and systems using cardiovascular parameters for early detection of pre-term labor, pregnancy induced hypertension, pneumonia and sleep apnoea.

Research interests

  • Innovative medical technology and device development
  • Physiological measurement, physiological signal processing and their clinical application

Areas of research supervision

  • Medical technology innovation
  • Physiological signal processing
  • Physiological system modelling
  • Clinical assessment of innovative medical technology


  • PhD in Medical Physics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
  • BEng in Biomedical Engineering, College of Biomedical Engineering and Instrument Science, Zhejiang University, China

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2017-2019: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge: Development of a uterine electrohysterogram system to predict preterm labor for routine clinical use

Editorial boards

  • 2017: Lead Guest Editor, Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
  • 2016: International Advisory Editorial Board, Physiological Measurement
  • 2015: Lead Guest Editor, Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
  • 2012: Academic Editor, Medicine and Scientific Report
  • 2012: Editorial Board, International Journal of Diabetology & Vascular Disease
  • 2012: Editorial Board, Open Access Journal of Science and Technology
  • 2012: Guest Editor, Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
  • 2009: Editorial Board, Proceedings of Computing in Cardiology

Invited grant reviewer

  • 2015: National Panel Member of Biological and Medical Sciences, Newton Funds (UK)
  • 2015: External Evaluator for EU project proposals
  • 2015: Reviewer to British Council - Newton Funds (UK)
  • 2013: Reviewer to BBSRC - Biology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK)
  • 2012: Reviewer to Wellcome Trust HICF - Health Innovation Challenge Fund (UK)
  • 2012: Reviewer to MRC - Medical Research Council (UK)
  • 2011: Reviewer to EPSRC - Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (UK)
  • 2009: Reviewer to NSFC - National Natural Science Foundation of China (China)

Selected recent publications

Chen M, Chen A, Si X, Ji M, Zheng D. Peripheral arterial volume distensibility changes with applied external pressure: significant difference between arteries with different compliance. Scientific Report 2017; Article Number: 40545; Doi: 10.1038/srep40545.

Zhang M, Zhang XM, Chen F, Chen A, Dong B, Zheng D. Effects of room environment and nursing experience on clinical blood pressure measurement: an observational study. Blood Press Monit 2017; 22: 79-85.

Wang Y, Cao L, Hao DM, Rong Y, Yang L, Zhang S, Chen F, Zheng D. Effects of force load, muscle fatigue and extremely low frequency magnetic stimulation on EEG signals during side arm lateral raise task. Physiol Meas 2017; 38(5): 745-758.

Cao L, Wang Y, Hao DM, Rong Y, Yang L, Zhang S, Zheng D. Effects of force load, muscle fatigue, and magnetic stimulation on surface electromyography during side arm lateral raise task: A preliminary study with healthy subjects. BioMed Research International 2017; Article ID 8943850, Doi: 10.1155/2017/8943850.

Wang A, Yang L, Wen W, Zhang S, Gu G, Zheng D. Gaussian modelling characteristics changes derived from finger photoplethysmographic pulses during exercise and recovery. Microvasc Res. 2017 Mar 24. pii: S0026-2862(16)30234-5. doi: 10.1016/j.mvr.2017.03.008.

More publications

Recent presentations and conferences

Conference organising committee

  • 2017 Co-chair, Sino-UK International Workshop on ‘Physiological Measurement and its Clinical Applications’.
  • 2011 Co-chair, International Conference of Computing in Cardiology, Hangzhou, China.

Invited conference session chair

  • Since 2011, invited session chair for the Annual International Conference of Computing in Cardiology.
  • 2006, 2009, 2012: World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

Media experience

Invited journal reviewer
Journals include: American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology; Journal of Electrocardiology; Physiol Meas; Medical Engineering and Physics; Journal of Hypertension; IEEE Trans on Biomed Eng; IEEE Trans on Biomed Circ Sys; IEEE Trans on Inf Technol BioMed; Measurement Science Review; Journal of Engineering in Medicine; Journal of Zhejiang University-Science B; Blood Pressure Monit; Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine; and Annals Biomed Eng.