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Prof Martin Knight BEng, MSc, PhD

Prof Knight
Position: Professor of Mechanobiology
Director of Research (SEMS)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8868
Location: Mile End, Eng, 303b
Expertise: My research is focussed on 'mechanobiology' or how living cells and tissues respond to physical forces. In particular I am interested in the mechanical properties of living cells and the role of the fascinating cellular structure known as the primary cilium (cilia in plural). I work with a variety of different cell types including cartilage cells, tendon cells, cancer cells and stem cells helping to understand important diseases such as osteoarthritis, tendonopathy and cancer.
Research keywords: Primary cilia, cell mechanics, actin, mechanobiology, chondrocyte mechanotransduction, confocal microscopy, cartilage, cancer, bioengineering, IFT

Brief Biography

Martin Knight is a Professor of Mechanobiology. He is 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 prestigeous 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.

Prof Knight has have 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 have participated in numerous engagement activities - see research impact.

Outside work Martin enjoys the 'great outdoors' and has had many enjoyable trips to wilderness areas all over the world including Alpine treks, canoeing expeditions in the Everglades, cycling in the Hebrides and others, many of these with his family. He is interested in wildlife and environmental issues. He has also tried his hand at creative ceramics and fly fishing!
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