Keynote Speakers

Prof. Martin M Knight (QMUL)

Martin Knight is a Professor of Mechanobiology at Queen Mary University of London and the Director of Research for the School of Engineering and Materials Science and a member of the Senior Executive Team for the School.

Prof. Knight previously held a prestigious EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship in cartilage mechanobiology and tissue engineering (2000-2006) and was promoted to Reader in 2009 and Professor in 2012. He has published over 70 papers and attracted over £3M of research funding since 2000 including project grants from all three UK research councils (EPSRC, BBSRC and MRC).

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Prof. Knight’s research concerns the area of mechanobiology and mechanotransduction or how living cells and tissues ‘sense and respond’ to mechanical forces at a biological level and in terms of their biomechanical properties. This is essential for the health and functionality of many tissues and therefore has potential application in various medical therapies from tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to pharmaceuticals. Studies are examining the role of mechanobiology in a variety of conditions including ageing, cancer, tendonopathy, inflammation and arthritis.  His current research splits into the following areas of mechanobiology:

  • Primary Cilia Structure and Function and
  • Cell and Tissue Biomechanics

Prof. Knight has a strong interest in promoting the public understanding of science and has been involved in a wide range of science communication activities. He was Director of Public Engagement in the School of Engineering and Materials Science and has participated in numerous engagement activities impact. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Authority in recognition of his high quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prof. dr. Pamela Habibović (Maastricht University)

Pamela Habibović obtained her PhD degree in 2005 from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.  Following two post-doctoral research projects, one at Children’s Hospital Boston-Harvard Medical School in Biston, USA and the other at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, she returned to the Netherlands, where she led a research group at the University of Twente’s MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine between 2008 and 2014, first as assistant and later as associate professor.  In 2014, she moved to Maastricht University, where she became full professor of Inorganic Biomaterials and chair of IBE.

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The main focus of her research group is on synthetic bone graft substitutes, bioinorganics and high-throughput approaches in biomaterials research. She has published over 50 scientific papers and a number of book chapters. For her research, she received prestigious Veni and Aspasia grants of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research among other external research funds.

In 2013, she was elected a council member of the European Society for Biomaterials, she was board member of the Female Faculty Network Twente and serves as an editorial board member of the journals Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, Advanced Biomaterials and Deviced in Medicine and Biomatter. In 2013, she received the Jean Leray Award of the European Society for Biomaterials.