Saskia Leonie Ludwig

Technician

Saskia’s curiosity for regenerative medicine emerged early on in her life with one particular goal: recreating human organs in a petri dish. Later she should discover that this goal was no childish imagination. With a great interest in the foundations of the microcosms of the human body, Saskia decided to study the brain. She undertook a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. Within the Research-Based Learning (MaRBLe) project, she gained experience in creating her research, which she conducted at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, under the great supervision of Prof. Paul Corballis.

In search of a deeper, cellular level of understanding the mind, Saskia completed her research master’s degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience with a specialization in fundamental neuroscience at Maastricht University. During her master thesis project at the Herland lab in Stockholm, Sweden, Saskia became particularly interested in neural tissue engineering. In this project, she investigated the effects of a customized hydrogel, serving as a 3D bioengineered extracellular matrix, on the growth and differentiation of iPSC-derived neuronal precursor cells.

Having much more to learn and grow in the field of engineering, Saskia joined MERLN in October 2021 as a research technician. She is part of the Instructive Biomaterial Engineering (IBE) department and embedded in the Materials-Driven Regeneration (MDR) center. Under the supervision of Niloofar Tahmasebi Birgani and Pamela Habibovic, she will focus on setting up advanced human stem cell culture models and biological assays to study the cell-biomaterial interactions in regenerative medicine applications.

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