dr.ir. S. (Sandra) Loerakker - Expertise
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5600 MB EINDHOVEN
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Sandra Loerakker obtained her BSc and MSc degree (both cum laude) in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She obtained her MSc degree in 2007 on the development of a computational model to study flow fields in the failing heart when supported by a ventricular assist device. Part of this research was performed at the Texas Heart Institute, USA. In May 2007, she started her PhD research on the etiology and early detection of deep pressure ulcers in skeletal muscle using a combination of computational and experimental methods. She performed part of this research at Northwestern University, USA, and in collaboration with the University of Alberta, Canada. She defended her PhD thesis in 2011. Afterwards, she continued as a postdoctoral researcher in heart valve biomechanics and mechanobiology, where she investigated the mechanobiological processes involved in tissue remodeling and the development of leaflet retraction using computational modeling. In 2015, she was appointed as assistant professor in Modeling in Mechanobiology at TU/e, focusing on understanding the mechanobiology of native and engineered tissues using integrated computational and experimental methods. In addition, supported by a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, she spent one year (May 2016 – April 2017) as visiting assistant professor at Stanford University, USA.