Claudia Loebel

Assistant Professor (Courtesy)


[email protected]

(734) 647-2050


3045W NCRC, Bldg. 28

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Ph.D., Health Science and Technology, ETH Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland), 2016
M.D., Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Halle, Germany), 2011

Research Interests

Our work is inspired by the interface between materials science and regenerative engineering to address specific problems related to tissue development, repair, and regeneration. By developing mechanically and structurally dynamic biomaterials, microfabrication, and matrix manipulation techniques we aim to recreate complex cell-matrix interactions and model tissue morphogenesis and disease. The ultimate goal is to use these engineered systems to develop and translate more effective therapeutic treatments for diseases such as fibrotic, inflammatory, and congenital disorders. Our work currently focuses on developing engineered lung alveolar organoids, aiming to build models of acute and chronic pulmonary diseases and for personalized medicine.


Professional Experience

University of Michigan
Materials Science and Engineering
Chemical Engineering Department
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Assistant Professor, 2021-

Prior Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2021Medical Research Fellow, Orthopedic Surgery, AO Foundation (Davos, Switzerland), 2012



Loebel, C.*; Kwon, M.*; Wang, C.; Han, L.; Mauck, R.L.; Burdick, J.A. (2020) Metabolic labeling to probe temporal changes in the pericellular matrix at the cell-hydrogel interfaceAdvanced Functional Materialsin press*equal contribution

Loebel, C.; Mauck, R.L.; and Burdick, J.A. (2019) Local nascent protein deposition and remodeling guide mesenchymal stromal cell mechanosensing and fate in three-dimensional hydrogels. Nature Materials, 18, 883-891

Loebel, C.; Ayoub A.; Galarraga J.H.; Kossover, O.; Simaan-Yameen, H.; Seliktar, D.; Burdick, J.A. (2019) Tailoring supramolecular guest-host hydrogel viscoelasticity with covalent fibrinogen double networks. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 7, 1753-1760

Loebel, C. and Burdick, J.A. (2018) Engineering Stem and Stromal Cell Therapies for Musculoskeletal Tissue RepairCell Stem Cell, 22, 325-339

Loebel, C.*; Rodell, C.B.*; Chen, M.H.; Burdick, J.A. (2017)Shear-thinning and self-healing hydrogels as injectable therapeutics and for 3D-printingNature Protocols, 12(8), 1521-1541 *equal contribution

Loebel, C.; Szczesny, S. E.; Cosgrove, B. D.; Alini, M.; Zenobi-Wong, M.; Mauck, R. L.; Eglin, D. (2017) Crosslinking Chemistry of Tyramine-Modified Hyaluronan Hydrogels Alters Mesenchymal Stem Cell Early Attachment and BehaviorBiomacromolecules, 18(3), 855-864

Loebel, C.; Stauber, T.; D’Este, M.; Alini, M.; Zenobi-Wong, M.; Eglin, D. (2017) Fabrication of cell-compatible hyaluronan hydrogels with a wide range of biophysical properties through high tyramine functionalization.Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 5(12), 2355-2363

 Li, B.; Menzel, U.; Loebel, C.; Schmal, H.; Alini, M.; Stoddart, M. J. (2016) Monitoring live human mesenchymal stromal cell differentiation and subsequent selection using fluorescent RNA-based probesScientific Reports, 6, 26014

Loebel, C.*; Broguiere, N.*; Alini, M.; Zenobi-Wong, M.; Eglin, D. (2015) Microfabrication of Photo-Cross-Linked Hyaluronan Hydrogels by Single- and Two-Photon Tyramine Oxidation. Biomacromolecules, 16(9), 2624-30 *equal contribution

 Voss, J. O.; Loebel, C.; Bara, J. J.; Fussinger, M.A.; Duttenhoefer, F.; Alini, M.; Stoddart, M.J. (2015) Effect of Short-Term Stimulation with Interleukin-1beta and Differentiation Medium on Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Paracrine Activity in Coculture with Osteoblasts. BioMed Research International, 714230

Loebel, C.; D’Este, M.; Alini, M.; Zenobi-Wong, M.; Eglin, D. (2015) Precise tailoring of tyramine-based hyaluronan hydrogel properties using DMTMM conjugation. Carbohydrate Polymers, 115, 325-33

Loebel, C.; Czekanska, E.M.; Bruderer, M.; Salzmann, G.; Alini, M.; Stoddart, M.J. (2014) In vitro osteogenic potential of human mesenchymal stem cells is predicted by Runx2/Sox9 ratio. Tissue Engineering Part A, 21(1-2), 115-23

Loebel, C.; Czekanska, E.M.; Staudacher, J.; Salzmann, G.; Richards, R.G.; Alini, M.; Stoddart, M. J. (2014) The calcification potential of human MSCs can be enhanced by interleukin-1beta in osteogenic medium. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 11(2), 564-571