Hanna Isaksson

Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Lund University

Membership period 2018–2023

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.

New improved method of diagnosing osteoporosis, about Hanna Isaksson's research. Video: The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF.


1. and 2. Poto: Erik Thor/YAS 3. Photo: Kennet Ruona (Click to enlarge)

Hanna Isaksson Foto: Johan Wingborg/SUA
Hanna Isaksson Foto: Johan Wingborg/SUA

1. and 2. Photo: Johan Wingborg/YAS 3. (Click to enlarge)

1. Hanna Isaksson 2. Femur bone 3. Mineral structure Photo: Max IV (Click to enlarge)

Hanna Isaksson Photo: Erik Thor/YAS

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Photo: Erik Thor/YAS


Born: 1979
Family: Partner and two children born 2013 and 2016
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, all kind of outdoor activities.

“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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