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Prof Hazel Screen BEng MRes PhD(Lond) CEng

Prof Screen
Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Chair Division of Bioengineering and Biomaterials
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 6167
Location: 333, Eng, Mile End
Expertise: My research aims to understand how some of the different tissues in our bodies, (particularly tendons and heart valves) are built to be able to withstand the loads they experience in the body. I am particularly interested in understanding how and why they get injured, and looking at ways to prevent this happening. By looking at the ways a tissue is supposed to work when it is healthy, we can identify how small changes in the structure, such as those which occur with age, can make injury more likely and look to prevent or treat these specifically.
Research keywords: Connective tissue mechanics, Multiscale mechanics, mechanical testing, tendon, heart valve, mechanobiology, tissue engineering, tissue diseases, overuse injuries.
Affiliations: Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

Brief Biography

Hazel Screen joined QMUL to do her PhD in 1999, and having begun a lectureship post in 2004, is now Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Engineering & Materials Research within the School of Engineering and Materials Science.
She is also a member of the QMUL Institute of Bioengineering (
Prof Screen is also a Chartered Engineer and an active member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, involved in the North West London IMechE committee. Alongside her research interest in tissue structure-function, she is very interested in supporting student learning, and is currently holding a Drapers Teaching Fellowship at QMUL (
In her spare time, Prof Screen enjoys sports (particularly running) and also scuba diving and hiking. She has been fortunate to visit and dive some great locations around the world with her family, including Hawaii, Borneo, Thailand and The Caribbean.

You can find out more about my research at
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