dr.ir. S. (Sandra) Loerakker - Expertise
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5600 MB EINDHOVEN
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Sandra Loerakker studied Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. She obtained her MSc degree in 2007 on the development of a computational model to study flow fields in a failing heart that is supported by a ventricular assist device. In May 2007 she started as a PhD student, and investigated the etiology and early detection of pressure-induced deep tissue injury using a combination of computational and experimental methods. She defended her thesis in September 2011. She continued as a postdoc in heart valve biomechanics and mechanobiology, where she investigated the mechanobiological processes involved in 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.