PhDs and Post-docs at TU/e

Valentina Bonito studied Biomedical Engineering in Pisa, Italy. In 2013 she obtained her Master Degree with a thesis in collaboration with the department of Care & Health Applications at Philips Research in Eindhoven. Since 2014, she is a PhD student at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the division of Soft Tissue Engineering & Mechanobiology. Her research interest lies in cardiovascular tissue engineering and early natural human host response.

Within the ImaValve project, she will investigate the immune mechanisms triggered by bioactive scaffolds for cardiovascular replacements, unravelling temporal phenotypic features, cytokine release and early tissue formation in vitro and in vivo.

Pim Oomen holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Biomedical Engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD. He started his Bachelor degree at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2008, and graduated in 2011. He then pursued a Master’s degree at the same university, where he specialized in cardiovascular biomechanics and tissue engineering. In 2014, he obtained his Master’s degree with a thesis titled ‘Unravelling collagen architecture remodelling human native heart valves’, under supervision of Frank Baaijens. During his Bachelor and Master degrees, he enjoyed spells at Queen Mary University of London and University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Since 2014, he is pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, under supervision of Carlijn Bouten. His research focuses on heart valve biomechanics, with a particular interest in growth and remodelling of tissue-engineered heart valves. Within the ImaValve project, he aims to understand and predict the long-term growth of in situ tissue-engineered heart valves by developing a combination of computational models and in vitro experiments.

Matilde Putti obtained her MSc degree in Industrial Chemistry in 2014 from the University of Genova, Italy, where she developed interest in material science and polymer technology.
After a period of support to research in the group of Soft Tissue Engineering & Mechanobiology of the Eindhoven University of Technology, in 2015 she started a PhD in the same group within the ImaValve project.
Her research will concern the introduction of bioactivity on the heart valve scaffold by mean of supramolecular chemistry based on the Ureidopyrimidinone (UPy) unit.

Oscar Stassen did his PhD research at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, investigating functional and mechanical effects of cytoskeletal proteins produced in astrocytes when exposed to brain pathology. He holds a Bachelor and Master in Life Science and Technology, a combined program of Delft University of Technology and the University of Leiden, where he did projects in engineered adenoviruses for enhanced tumour targeting and worked on a project developing temperature-sensitive protein translation.

As a postdoc he now joined the Imavalve project in the Soft Tissue Engineering & Mechanobiology group. With a keen interest in cellular organization and mechanisms of tissue formation, his research will focus on the role of the Notch signalling pathway in tissue formation and tissue architecture, and the effects of hemodynamic forces on the components of this pathway.