Dr Dingchang Zheng

Senior Lecturer in Medical Technology

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation

Dr Zheng has been engaged in developing novel medical technologies for over 15 years at multidisciplinary groups in both university and hospital environments.

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Email: dingchang.zheng@anglia.ac.uk


Dingchang's research projects involve working with other engineers, physical scientists, biologists, clinicians, industry, policy makers, and allied professionals at different stages along the development pathway. They lead to high-quality publications and patentable medical devices, and generate huge clinical potential for the early diagnosis of disease and significant academic, economic and societal impacts.

Research interests

  • Innovative medical technology
  • Physiological measurement, particularly in blood pressure and arterial stiffness measurements
  • Cardiovascular signal processing and modelling 

Areas of research supervision

  • Medical technology innovation
  • Assessment and adoption of medical technology
  • Physiological signal processing
  • Cardiac system modeling


  • PhD Medical Physics, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK&
  • BEng 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

Editorial boards
  • 2015: lead guest editor of a special issue on cardiovascular signal processing for Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
  • 2013: editor of Medicine and International Journal of Diabetology &Vascular Disease Research
  • 2012: editor of the Open Access Journal of Science and Technology
  • 2012: guest editor of a special issue on cardiovascular modelling for Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
  • 2011: Annual Proceedings of Computing in Cardiology
Conference organising committee
  • 2011: International Conference of Computing in Cardiology, Hangzhou, China
Invited conference session chair
  • 2011: Annual Conference of Computing in Cardiology in China, Poland, Spain, Boston
  • 2012: World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China
Invited grant reviewer
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Councils (BBSRC)
  • Wellcome Trust Healthcare Innovation Challenge Fund (HICF)
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.

Selected recent publications

Lara, J., Ogbonmwan, I., Oggioni, C., Zheng, D., Qadir, O., Brandt, K., Mathers, J., and Siervo, M., 2015. Effects of handgrip exercise or beetroot juice on blood pressure, peripheral arterial function and ADMA in overweight older adults: a pilot RCT. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, in press.

Li, P., Liu, C.Y., Sun, X., Zheng, D., Wang, X.P., Liu, C.C., and Hou, Y.L., 2015. Assessing the complexity of short-term heartbeat interval series by distance distribution entropy. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 53, pp.77-87.

Zheng, D., Di Marco, L.Y., and Murray, A., 2014. Effect of respiration on Korotkoff sounds and oscillometric cuff pressure pulses during blood pressure measurement. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 52, pp.467-473.

Zheng, D., Pan, F., and Murray, A., 2014. Confirmation of the need to evaluate devices that measure BP during cuff inflation with manual measurements during normal deflation. Blood Pressure Monitoring, 19, pp.120-121.

Liu, C.Y., Zheng, D., Zhao, L.N., and Liu, C.C., 2014. Gaussian fitting for carotid and radial artery pressure waveforms: comparison between normal subjects and heart failure patients. Bio-medical Materials and Engineering, 24, pp.271-277.

Pan, F., Zheng, D., He, P., and Murray, A., 2014. Does the position or contact pressure of the stethoscope make any difference to clinical blood pressure measurements: an observational study. Medicine, 93, e301.

Liu, C.Y., Zhuang, T., Zhao, L.N., Chang, F.L., Liu, C.C., Wei, S.S., Li, Q.Q., and Zheng, D., 2014. Analysis of arterial pressure waveforms using Gaussians and two-stage particle swarm optimizer. BioMed Research International, article ID 923260. doi:10.1155/2014/923260.

Chen, Z., Mao, L., Liu, C.Y., Blake, J., and Zheng, D., 2014. Decreased peripheral arterial volume distensibility in patients with branch retinal vein occlusion in comparison with normal subjects. Scientific Reports, article ID 6685. doi: 10.1038/srep06685. 

Gu, G., Yang, L., Liu, C., Zhang, S., and Zheng, D., 2014. Age and blood pressure associated changes in the Gaussian modelling characteristics of the photoplethysmographic pulse. Experimental & Clinical Cardiology, 20, pp.4943-4951.

Wang, A., Yang, L., Liu, C., Cui, J., Li, Y., Yang, X., Zhang, S., and Zheng, D., 2014. Athletic differences in the characteristics of the photoplethysmographic pulse shape: Effect of maximal oxygen uptake and maximal muscular voluntary contraction. BioMed Research International, article ID 752470. doi:10.1155/2014/752470.

Li, P., Liu, C.Y., Wang, X.P., Zheng, D., Li, Y., and Liu, C.C., 2014. A low-complexity data-adaptive approach for premature ventricular contraction recognition. Signal, Image and Video Processing, 8, pp.111-120. 

Di Maria, C., Liu, C.Y., Zheng, D., Langley, P., and Murray, A., 2014. Extracting the foetal heart rate from maternal abdominal recordings: Selection of the optimal principal component. Physiology Measurement, 35, pp1649-1664.

Zheng, D., Pan, F., and Murray, A., 2013. Effect of mechanical behaviour of the brachial artery on blood pressure measurement during both cuff inflation and cuff deflation. Blood Pressure Monitoring, 18, pp.265-271.

Liu, C.Y., Zheng, D., Murray, A., and Liu, C.C., 2013. Modelling carotid and radial artery pulse pressure waveforms by curve fitting with Gaussian functions. Biomedical Signal Processing, 8, pp.449-454. 

Liu, C.Y., Zheng, D., Li, P., Li, B., Murray, A., and Liu, C.C., 2013. Elastic properties of peripheral arteries in heart failure patients in comparison with normal subjects. Journal of Physiology Science, 65, pp.195-201. 

Liu, C.Y., Li, K., Zhao, L., Liu, F., Zheng, D., Liu, C., and Liu, S., 2013. Analysis of heart rate variability using fuzzy measure entropy. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 43, pp.100-108.

Zheng, D., Giovannini, R., and Murray, A., 2012. Effect of respiration, talking and small body movements on blood pressure measurement. Journal of Human Hypertension, 26, pp.458-462. 

Xia, L., Zheng, D., Murray, A., Liu, F., Ye, X., and Ning, G., 2012. Cardiovascular System Modeling, editorial. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, doi:10.1155/2012/583172

Di Marco, L.Y., Duan, W., Bojarnejad, M., Zheng, D., King, S., Murray, A., and Langley, P., 2012. Evaluation of an algorithm based on single-condition decision rules for binary classification of 12-lead ambulatory ECG recording quality. Physiology Measurement, 33, pp.1435-1348.

Liu, C., Li, L., Zhao, L., Zheng, D., Li, P., and Liu, C.C., 2012. A combination method of improved impulse rejection filter and template matching for identification of anomalous intervals in electrocardiographic RR sequences. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, 32, pp.245-250.

Zheng, D., Amoore, J.N., Mieke, S., and Murray, A., 2011. How important is the recommended slow cuff pressure deflation rate for blood pressure measurement? Annuals of Biomedical Engineering, 39, pp.2584-2591.

Zheng, D., and Murray, A., 2011. Peripheral arterial volume distensibility: significant differences with age and blood pressure measured using an applied external pressure. Physiological Measurement, 32, pp.499-512.

Zheng, D., Amoore, J.N., Mieke, S., and Murray, A., 2011. Estimation of mean arterial pressure from the oscillometric cuff pressure: comparison of different techniques. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 49, pp.33-39.

Zheng, D. and Murray, A., 2009. Non-invasive quantification of peripheral arterial volume distensibility and its non-linear relationship with arterial pressure. Journal of Biomechanics, 42, pp.1032-1037. 

Zheng, D., Allen, J., and Murray, A., 2008. Determination of aortic valve opening time and left ventricular peak filling rate from the peripheral pulse amplitude in patients with ectopic beats. Physiological Measurement, 29, pp.1411-1419.

Zheng, D., Allen, J., and Murray, A., 2007. Non-invasive in vivo assessment of changes in peripheral arterial properties with estimation of arterial volume compliance. Physiological Measurement, 28, pp.1317-1327.