Dr Stefaan Verbruggen

Stefaan VerbruggenPhD

Research Fellow

School of Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
LocationUnited Kingdom

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Research Interests

Bone, Primary cilia, Mechanobiology, Cancer, Biomechanics

Dr Stefaan Verbruggen is a Lecturer in Medical Technology at Queen Mary University of London. His research focuses on the mechanobiology of bone cells, and developing predictive in vitro models of cancer metastasis. As a Visiting Academic at the INSIGNEO Institute of in silico Medicine, Dr Verbruggen also builds predictive computational models of the biomechanics of metastatic bone lesions.

Prior to this, Dr Verbruggen conducted his PhD research in bone cell mechanobiology the Biomechanics Research Centre at the National University of Ireland Galway, followed by postdoctoral research in how fetal movements affect joint development in the Developmental Biomechanics Lab at Imperial College London.
Dr Verbruggen was then awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London. As part of a collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, New York, Dr Verbruggen's investigated the mechanobiology of cancer cells, and how they metastasise to bone from other areas of the body.

Cilia Research Projects

The following are funded research projects related to cilia research.

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