• Department of Biomedical Engineering Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513

    5600 MB Eindhoven


  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Building 15, Gemini-South (room 4.115) Groene Loper

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

At STEM we aim to understand and predict how mechanical factors influence soft tissue growth, remodelling, damage, and repair. We use this knowledge to (re)build soft tissues and organs within the human body, and to find ways to prevent mechanically-induced soft tissue degeneration.

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Modelling and experimentation at length scales from molecule to man

Organisational profile

While performing our research at the forefront of soft tissue biomechanics, mechanobiology, and the engineering of living soft biological tissues and organs, we strive to provide a stimulating educational environment for graduate and post-graduate students. Our research is multi-disciplinary at heart, combining concepts from molecular, cell and tissue biology, (patho)physiology, immunology, biomechanics, physics, engineering, and materials science. To translate our fundamental knowledge to (bio)medical applications we actively collaborate with clinical partners, industry, and patient organizations.

Research themes at the STEM group include: i) cardiovascular in situ tissue engineering, ii) tissue growth and remodelling, iii) the biophysical cellular niche, iv) tissue and organ morphogenesis, v) hybrid organs, vi) scaffold design, and vii) soft tissue mechanics. Emphasis is given to the integration of computational modelling with experimentation at length scales from molecule to man.

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Research Output 1981 2019

Analysis of chemical exchange saturation transfer contributions from brain metabolites to the Z-spectra at various field strengths and pH

Khlebnikov, V., van der Kemp, W. J. M., Hoogduin, H., Klomp, D. W. J. & Prompers, J. J., 31 Jan 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 11 p., 1089

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

A stirring system using suspended magnetically-actuated pillars for controlled cell clustering

Saberi, A., Zhang, S., van den Bersselaar, C., Kandail, H., den Toonder, J. M. J. & Kurniawan, N. A., 1 Jan 2019, In : Soft Matter. 15, 6, p. 1435-1443 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Magnetic scales
Research laboratories

Biomechanics and modeling of tissue-engineered heart valves

Ristori, T., van Kelle, A. J. M., Baaijens, F. & Loerakker, S., 9 Apr 2019, Advances in heart valve biomechanics: valvular physiology, mechanobiology, and bioengineering. Sacks, M. & Liao, J. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 413-446 34 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Tissue engineering
Heart valve prostheses


Blood Vessels
heart valves
tissue engineering
high voltages
mechanical properties


Annual BME Research Day Poster Prize

Mathieu van Kelle (Recipient), 8 Apr 2016

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Dekker Junior 2014T013

Noortje Bax (Recipient), Mar 2015

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific

Stem Cells

Grant Application ASTF 497-2012

Noortje Bax (Recipient), May 2013

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific


Activities 1993 2018

  • 6 Contributed talk
  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 1 Membership of committee

Young@Heart Institute (External organisation)

Anthal I.P.M. Smits (Contributor)
Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeProfessional

Unraveling the mechanisms behind cellular anisotropy sensing

Antonetta B.C. Buskermolen (Speaker)
4 Oct 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

International Congress of Cell Biology

Rob Driessen (Speaker)
23 Jul 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Press / Media

Detecting pressure ulcers in sweat and sebum

Dan Bader


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

PhD dissertation - Public Summary

Valentina Bonito


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Research areas

Cell-Matrix Interactions

Yvon Biemans (Content manager), Lieke van Gorp (Content manager), Amy Broeders (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Cell-Matrix Mechanobiology

Yvon Biemans (Content manager), Lieke van Gorp (Content manager), Amy Broeders (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Cell Signaling in Tissue Formation and Malformation

Yvon Biemans (Content manager), Lieke van Gorp (Content manager), Amy Broeders (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

A constitutive material model to describe the mechanical behavior of human skin in shear, tensile and indentation tests

Author: Rooijakkers, T., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Oomens, C. (Supervisor 1), Loerakker, S. (Supervisor 2), Lopata, R. (Supervisor 2) & Soetens, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

An in-silico imaging system based on k-Wave for multi-perspective ultrasound imaging of abdominal aortic aneurysms

Author: Nooijens, S., 31 Jan 2019

Supervisor: van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 1), Lopata, R. (Supervisor 2), Oomens, C. (Supervisor 2), Petterson, N. (Supervisor 2) & Bouwman, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Design of a DNA-based tension probe for the quantification of cellular traction forces at a molecular level

Author: van der Putten, C., 25 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Kurniawan, N. (Supervisor 1), de Greef, T. (Supervisor 2) & Bouten, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master