Claudia Loebel, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering


NCRC, Bldg 28, Room 3048W,
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

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.

Research Areas:

Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Therapeutics, Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics, Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Additional Title(s)

  • Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


  • 2016-2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012-2016 Graduate Student, Health Science & Technology, ETH Zurich/AO Research Institute (Davos, Switzerland)
  • 2012 Medical Research Fellow, Orthopedic Surgery, AO Foundation (Davos, Switzerland)


  • Packard Fellowship for Science &  Engineering, 2023-2028
  • American Lung Association Innovator Award, 2022-2024 
  • NIH NHLBI Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), 2020-2021 
  • Vice Chair (Chair 2022), Society for Biomaterials, Young Scientist Group, 2020-2021
  • ETH Silver Medal (awarded to high quality doctoral theses), 2018
  • SNSF Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship, 2017-2018 
  • SSBRM Research Award, Swiss Society for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, 2017  
  • Julia Polak European Doctoral Award, European Society for Biomaterials, 2017
  • IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research Fellowship Award, 2016 
  • Racquel Z. LeGeros Award, European Society for Biomaterials, 2015