Sandra Loerakker leaves for a year to Stanford University with Marie Curie Fellowship
Last week, Sandra Loerakker received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for the development of computational models to predict the growth of heart valves. Sandra will work on the project with an expert in this research field at Stanford University for one year and one year at the Eindhoven University of Technology (with this grant). In total the grant has a value of approximately 175.000 euro.
In this project, Sandra wants to develop computational models to predict the growth of heart valves. This knowledge is essential to understand how we can improve the design of tissue engineered heart valves, such that they can grow with the patient.
Dr.ir. Sandra Loerakker studied Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. She obtained her MSc degree in 2007. In September 2011, she obtained her PhD on the etiology and early detection of pressure-induced deep tissue injury. She continued her work on heart valve mechanics and mechanobiology and investigated the critical problem of leaflet retraction of tissue-engineered heart valves. In 2015 she was appointed as assistant professor in Modeling in Mechanobiology. Her main research interests are growth and remodeling of native and engineered tissues, with a particular focus on the integration of continuum mechanics and (cell) biology.
This European grant enables the most promising, experienced researchers to work abroad for a period of time; it funds (among others) the salary and travel and research expenses.