Development of smart, antimicrobial implant coatings for open fracture stabilization
This project will combine literature review with experimental work, with the overall goal to develop smart, antimicrobial implant coatings.
Modelling cell deformation in ventricular assist devices
Here, we are looking for a mechanical engineering student interested in computational modelling. In this project, the student shall work on a multiscale framework linking macroscale computational fluid dynamics and microscale cell deformation to model blood cell deformations in artificial hearts.
How can propionibacterium acnes cause back pain?
The aim of this project is to identify molecular mechanisms that may be explain pain development upon bacterial infection of the intervertebral disc, specifically by propionibacterium acnes.
Exploring the microbial potential for bioelectrochemical production of value-added chemicals from CO2
This project has been evaluated by Formas as “outstanding” with regards to its societal relevance and importance. It deals with some of our societies’ biggest concerns; sustainability in producing our society’s chemicals and fuels from non-oil-based sources, and reduction of our net CO2 emissions.
Enzymatic tools for Seaweed Biorefinery - Biomass deconstruction and extraction of fine chemicals
New enzymatic tools and processes need to be developed for the proper utilization and processing of seaweed polysaccharides as renewable resource. We have different approaches to achieving this, and hence the project can be tailored to the candidate’s skills and interests.
Automated identification of two-dimensional crystals based on optical contrast difference
The goal of this project is to develop an automated setup that is able to identify flakes of different thicknesses on Si/SiO2 substrates by analyzing the difference in optical contrast between the crystals and the substrate.
Design of a Shear Flow Cell for Fluorescence Depolarization Studies in Liquids at Cryogenic Conditions
A research project is being conducted to study fluorescence depolarization as a means to detect fluid rotations down to the molecular scale. In the context of the project, a flow cell for liquid oxygen at 77K has to be designed and tested
Changes in the expression of mechanosensors with age and degeneration
This project will investigate whether and how the expression of a specific group of mechanosensors – the TRP Channels – changes with age and degeneration in the human intervertebral disc. Methods used in this project will include qPCR, immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting to investigate expressio
Biomimetic osteocyte culture in 3D printed structures
Osteocytes are widely accepted to be the main mechanosensor in bone. Using micro 3D printing, advanced surface coating technology and live cell microscopy, we are establishing a novel 3D cell model to study the mechanotransduction mechanisms at play.
Insilico Cell Mechanics: Finite Element Modelling of cell behaviour in mechanical characterisation
In our group we experimentally analyze the resistance of cells to substrate deformations. In the present project we plan to generate a finite element model of the cell response to biaxial stretching and use it to estimate cell stiffness from the experimental outcomes.
Recording in real-time: development and implementation of real-time 3D tracking algorithms for observation of biological samples.
The spatio-temporal changes of a living organism happen in real time. Observation of these changes is highly challenging even with cutting edge recording techniques. We are aiming to push this limit with our recently developed functional imaging platform.
The role of early trauma on bone structure
In this project, the effects of early trauma on bone structure will be analyzed by microCT.

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