Assistant Professor

Leda Klouda

Tissue Engineering is an interdisciplinary field; by the synergy of engineers, scientists and physicians we can come one step closer to tissue and organ regeneration and provide a solution to the problem of donor shortage.

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Group / Unit
Cell-Matrix Interaction for Cardiovascular Tissue Regeneration
Building
Gemini zuid
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Research Profile

Leda Klouda is an assistant professor within the research group Cell-Matrix Interaction for Cardiovascular Tissue Regeneration at the TU/e department of Biomedical Engineering. Leda’s research interests are Biomaterials and Cardiac Tissue Engineering. Specifically, she is interested in how cells interact with biomaterials and how to design biomaterials to direct cellular response. Hydrogels could provide an extracellular matrix analog with the potential to be delivered in a minimally invasive manner. Leda aims to use hydrogel biomaterials as model systems to understand cellular behavior and ultimately as cellular carriers in tissue engineering of the myocardium.

Academic Background

Leda Klouda obtained an MSc in Chemical Engineering at the National Technical University Athens (Greece) in 2001. In 2004, she obtained an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands). She then moved to Rice University (Houston, Texas), and obtained her PhD in Bioengineering in 2010. Her doctoral work was conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Tony Mikos and focused on hydrogel biomaterials for tissue engineering applications. Subsequently, she was a research associate at Rice University (2010-2011) and at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (2011-2013), where she was appointed assistant professor in 2013. Since 2017, she is an assistant professor at TU/e and currently works with Prof. Carlijn Bouten within the research group Cell-Matrix Interaction for Cardiovascular Tissue Regeneration (department of Biomedical Engineering).

Educational Activities

  • Learning line Quality of Life: projects

Ancillary Activities

  • Complimentary appointment/Visiting professorship, University of Ghent