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Prof Martin Knight

Martin KnightBEng, MSc, PhD

Professor of Mechanobiology

School of Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
LocationUnited Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7882 8868

www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/m.m.knight
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Research Interests

primary cilia, inflammation, bone, cartilage, mechanosignalling

Martin Knight’s research examines the interplay between the structure and the function of primary cilia and implications for musculoskeletal disease aetiology. This has potential impact in the development of cilia therapies which modulate cilia signalling pathways. Part of this work involves the area of mechanobiology and mechanotransduction or how living cells and tissues ‘sense and respond’ to mechanical forces. This is essential for the health and functionality of many tissues and therefore has application in various medical therapies from tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to pharmaceuticals. Studies are examining primary cilia in a variety of tissues including articular cartilage, tendon, ovarian cancer  and mesenchymal stem cells. 


Knight Cilia Research Group:

Post Docs:

  • Dr Clare Thompson (QM-Emulate organs-on-chips Centre)
  • Dr Joanne Nolan (CR UK / EPSRC Grant)
  • Dr Stephan Verbruggen (Research Visitor)
  • Dr Hannah Heywood

PhD Students (Cilia related):

Cilia Research Projects

The following are funded research projects related to cilia research.

Osteoarthrtis may be treated as an environmental ciliopathy

Awarded to: Martin KNIGHT (Queen Mary University of London)
Funding source: MRC  /  Value: £401,057
Dates: September 2014 - March 2020
Project schematic hypothesis

Organ-on-a-chip model of breast cancer bone metastases

Awarded to: Martin KNIGHT (Queen Mary University of London)
Funding source: CRUK and EPSRC  /  Value: £268,700
Dates: December 2020 - May 2023