Dr Stefaan Verbruggen


Department of Mechanical Engineering

Lecturer in Biomechanics

INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine

Dr Stefaan Verbruggen

Dr Stefaan Verbruggen is a Lecturer in Biomechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a Principal Investigator at the INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine, at the University of Sheffield. Dr Verbruggen’s research focuses on the mechanobiology of musculoskeletal cells and metastatic cancer.

Prior to his appointment, Dr Verbruggen obtained a first class degree in biomedical engineering, and in 2014 completed his PhD research in bone cell mechanobiology in the Biomechanics Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This was followed by postdoctoral research in how fetal movements affect joint development in the Developmental Biomechanics Lab at Imperial College London. Most recently, Stefaan completed a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London and at Columbia University, New York, identifying new target mechanisms involved in metastatic bone disease.

Research interests
  • Mechanobiology
  • Cell mechanics
  • Computational biology
  • Developmental biomechanics
  • Cancer metastasis
  • Skeletal tumour lesions
  • Metastatic bone disease


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Teaching activities
  • MEC322 - Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers
  • MEC307 - Engineering Group Design Project
Professional activities
  • Co-Chair of the Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Gordon Research Seminar 2020/22
  • Editor of Mechanobiology in Health and Disease, in the Elsevier Biomedical Engineering Book Series
  • Selected to sit on the UKRI Early Career Forum
  • Topic Editor on the Editorial Board of the journal Materials
  • S.M. Perren Research Award, World Congress of Biomechanics
  • Selected for the 2018 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Physiology & Medicine