Dr. Jacobson received her B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (University of Manitoba, 2016) and became a licensed professional engineer in Manitoba in 2021. During her Ph.D. (McGill, 2021), Natasha studied and patented a novel form of biological pressure measurement. To broaden her biomechanical research interests, Natasha returned to her hometown of Winnipeg to complete a post-doctoral term in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

Having been raised in a family of engineers and educators, Natasha continues a tradition of teaching as an instructor in the Biosystems Engineering Department in 2022.

For those interested in collaborating on student design projects to bring challenging and innovative problems to our future engineers, please feel free to reach out.



Soft tissue mechanics, human modelling, medical instrumentation.

Selected Publications

I. El Bojairami, N. Jacobson, and M. Driscoll. (June 2022). Development and evaluation of a numerical spine model comprising intra-abdominal pressure for use in assessing physiological changes on abdominal compliance and spinal stability. In: Clinical Biomechanics. Elsevier.

W. Ashraf, N. Jacobson, N. Popplewell, and Z. Moussavi. (May 2022). Fluid-Structure Interaction Modelling of the Upper Airway with and without Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Review. In: Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing. Springer.

N. Jacobson and M. Driscoll. (Apr. 2022). Validity and reliability of a novel, non-invasive tool and method to measure intra-abdominal pressure in vivo. In: Journal of Biomechanics. Elsevier. 

N. Jacobson, B. Lithgow, M. Jafari-Jozani, and Z. Moussavi. (Feb. 2022). Investigating the effect of cognitive training paired with active and sham transcranial alternating current stimulation on the executive brain functions in dementia populations: Protocol for a cross-over, randomized control trial. In: JMIR Research Protocols, JMIR Publications.

N. Jacobson and M. Driscoll. (Nov. 2020). Design synthesis and preliminary evaluation of a novel tool to non-invasively characterize pressurized, physiological vessels. In: Journal of Medical Devices. ASME.