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Walter Herzog (

His research is focused on the neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system with emphasis on mechanisms of muscle contraction focusing on the role of the structural protein titin, and the biomechanics of joints focusing on mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Expertise is in the area of growth, healing, and adaptation of soft (ligament, tendon, muscle, and articular cartilage) and hard (bone) tissues. Within this area Dr Herzog’s group works experimentally and theoretically on the molecular/cellular, in vitro, in situ, and in vivo level. It also includes cell manipulation and mechanical testing and finite element modeling, continuum mechanics, simulations and theories of growth and adaptation.

Christian Hellmich (

His work is strongly focussed on well-validated material and (micro)structural models, both for bone as well as man-made biomaterials, and for structures going from the vertebrate skeleton (including implants and tissue engineering scaffolds) to the DNA - with complementary experimental activities if necessary. He has led several interdisciplinary and international research projects sponsored by the European Commission, including the coordination of the mixed industry-academia consortium “BIO-CT-EXPLOIT” at the crossroads of numerical simulation and computer tomography, or the cross-domain COST action NAMABIO integrating engineers, physicists, (stem) cell biologists, and medical doctors across the European continent and beyond.


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