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Prof Hazel Screen
BEng MRes PhD(Lond) CEng

Prof Screen
Position: Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Head of School
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8875
Location: 340, Engineering, Mile End
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Tuesday 9-10am & 3-4pm
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Expertise: My research aims to understand how our tissues are built to be able to withstand the loads they experience in the body. I am particularly interested in understanding tendon and heart valve; how and why they get injured, and 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, in vitro models, organ-on-a-chip models, mechanical testing, tendon, heart valve, mechanobiology, tissue engineering, tissue diseases, ageing, overuse injuries.
SEMS Research Division:
Affiliations: Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
Director of the Organ on a Chip Network
Co-Director of the Centre for Predictive in vitro Models
Co-Director of the QMUL-Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre

Brief Biography

Hazel Screen is Professor of Biomedical Engineering within the Bioengineering Division of the School of Engineering and Materials Science.

She is Director of the UK-wide Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network ( and Co-Director of the QMUL Centre for Predictive in vitro Models ( 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. She is currently leading a major teaching programme review within SEMS and has previously held roles in student experience and been a Drapers Teaching Fellow.

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.

She has active research interests across the fields of tissue engineering, mechanobiolgoy and predictive models. She leads a UK tendon network, which you can find out more about at