The research will be conducted in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas A. Kurniawan. Dr. Kurniawan’s research strives to make an impact on healthcare through an improved understanding of cell–matrix interactions and (multi)cellular sensing. His group is embedded within the Soft Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology (STEM) group headed by Prof. Carlijn V.C. Bouten. The STEM group concentrates on the study of disease progression as well as on the engineering of soft tissues, aiming at the replacement of diseased or malformed tissues and the development of in-vitro model systems of developing tissues. The researcher will have access to the Cell and Tissue Engineering laboratory, a state-of-the-art research infrastructure operating at the international forefront of the engineering of living tissues.
Cells constantly adapt their properties and behavior to their physical environment. At the same time, the extracellular matrix around the cells also adapts to accommodate cell activity. This highly dynamic feedback has been increasingly recognized to play a key role not only in tissue morphogenesis and function, but also a variety of diseases, from cardiomyopathies to cancer. However, attempts to study cell–matrix interactions have so far focused on static experiments. In this project, you will challenge this status quo by exploring ways to dynamically manipulate the biophysical and biomechanical properties of cells and the matrix on demand.
In the project, the successful candidate will develop innovative approaches to manipulate and monitor cell contractility as well as the physical features of the substrate materials (e.g., ligand distribution, topography) in 2D and 3D environments. You will work at the interface between biophysics, mechanics, smart materials, and bioengineering, by combining quantitative experiments and numerical simulations. Research conducted by the successful candidate will be part of greater and exciting effort aimed at developing a growing in-vitro toolbox for functional tissue engineering, organ regeneration, and disease models.
We are looking for enthusiastic and talented candidates to join our growing and ambitious research team.
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Only complete applications will be considered. Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position is filled.