Photo: Erik Thor/SUA

About Hanna's research

My research area is biomechanics and mechanobiology, which are subjects linking traditional engineering (mechanics) with medicine (orthopaedics). My team works on different problems in the musculoskeletal tissues bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. We develop improved diagnostics methods for specific diseases, e.g. osteoporosis which is a bone fragility disease, by combining clinical patient images with statistical and mechanical modeling.

We also apply the material science-toolbox to understand how the tissues are build up and how they are affected by loading over time. Through experiments at synchrotron and neutron-facilities, such as MAX IV and the upcoming ESS in Lund, we explain how the tissues composition and structure on different length scales gives them their unique mechanical function in the body. In studies on healthy and diseased tissues, or tissues with different exposure to loading, we can expand the knowledge on how the tissues are affected in different diseases, or how loading can be used to modulate the tissues.

In brief

Born: 1979
Family: Partner and two children born in 2013 and 2016
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors in all forms.

I want to be involved in and influence young researchers' terms of conducting high-quality and internationally competitive research, while actively being a role model for female students and younger researchers, especially in engineering sciences, who today find it hard to imagine a future career as researchers. I think the Young Academy of Sweden is an excellent platform for this work.

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