Alejandra Aranceta Garza


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My PhD on Biomedical Engineering involved understanding the muscle activity from the forearm, identifying the surface electromyographic patterns involved and correlating them with specific hand movements leading to improvements in the control of a myoelectric driven prosthesis, specifically of the thumb.

My postdoctoral work has allowed me to develop my portafolio in: 1) orthotic design and development for manufature; and 2) Analysis and interpretation of electrophysiological signals (more specifically signals from the muscles, EMG) and apply them to further our understanding of neurophysiological involvement during abnormal movements or failure. 

I have experience in real-time electrophysiological data acquisition, time-domain analyses (i.e. amplitude signal analysis, RMS, statistical analyses), time-frequency domain analyses (i.e. coherence estimates and cumulant analysis), machine learning (i.e. SOFMs, PCA), developing research protocols, health statistics, patent writing and application, CPD development.

My career development has allowed me to develop expertise in MATLAB programming, ethical research, upper limb anatomy and biomechanics, medical devices commercialisation, risk analysis and medical device certification.

Chair of the University-wide group Researchers' Group (RG) where we organise events for the research community as well as acting as a conduit between them and University Management. We have successfully organised yearly conferences securing funding (similar to BTG) specifically for the assistants/associates/fellows from all job families to promote new collaborations and excellent research.

I am committed to teaching, research, knowledge exchange and development, aiming to respond to the growing demand for health services by training capable professionals and to improve the quality of life in patients that have suffered the loss of function, sensation or the limb(s), resulting in a serious and challenging life-changing event in these patient populations.

My research vision is to assist vulnerable patient populations with the opportunity to self-manage their own health, by developing, evaluating and commercialising new medical and assistive technologies.

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the use of high-density electromyography (EMG) and its analysis applied to rehabilitation, gaming, prevention, and furthering in the understanding of other interventions using EMG as a quantitative outcome measure. 


Expertise & Capabilities

* Acquisition, processing and analysis of high density surface electromyography

* Analysis of muscle fatigue and neural drives

* Development of medical technology for orthotics, prosthetics and other rehabilitation devices

* Commercialising of medical devices

* Intellectual Property

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Projects 2016 2020

VisNET Collaboration Event Social Dinner

Mulvana, H. E., Aranceta Garza, A., Zimbitas, G., Fabbri, F., Keating, C. & Echavarri Bravo, V.


Project: Knowledge Exchange

Research Output 2013 2019

15 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Hand Strength

HDsEMG activity of the lumbar erector spinae in violin players: comparison of two chairs

Russo, A., Aranceta-Garza, A., D'Emanuele, S., Serafino, F. & Merletti, R., 31 Dec 2019, In : Medical Problems of Performing Artists. 34, 4, p. 205-214 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chemical activation



Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Organiser of special symposia
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Ingenious Women Network Event:

Alejandra Aranceta Garza (Organiser), Margaret Rose Cunningham (Organiser), Emelie Combet (Organiser)
25 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia

StrathWide 2019

Christian Calvillo Munoz (Organiser), Alejandra Aranceta Garza (Organiser), Stephanie Eugenia Ordonez Sanchez (Organiser), Niia Nikolova (Organiser), Maria Katharina Weikum (Organiser), Helen Mullen (Organiser)
29 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia