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Dr Martin Stolz PhD

Lecturer in Orthopaedic Tribology

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Dr Martin Stolz is Lecturer in Orthopaedic Tribology within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Martin joined us in August 2009. His work is at the cutting edge of life sciences and requires a highly interdisciplinary approach involving clinicians, biologists, physicists and engineers with particular focus is on the mechanobiology of tissues and changes due to diseases, inspected at the nanometer scale. Prior to his appointment at the School of Engineering Science he was working at the Maurice E. Mueller Institute for Structural Biology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland, working in Prof Ueli Aebi’s group from 1997 to 2009. He was also involved in the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Nanoscale Science ( Recently, Martin Stolz and his co-workers employed IT-AFM for the early detection of aging cartilage and osteoarthritis in mice and patient samples (Stolz et al. Early detection of osteoarthritis and articular cartilage aging in mice and patient biopsies using atomic force microscopy. Nature Nanotechnology 4, 186-192). This work received plenty of excellent feedback from international TV and print news coverage, but also from the scientific community.

Research interests

  • Early functional diagnostics of osteoarthritis
  • Development and advancement of drugs against osteoarthritis
  • Improve quality of engineered cartilage
  • Advance understanding of artherosclerosis
  • Investigate a number of different cancers.

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Research project(s)

Designing biomaterials for tissue engineering and tissue regeneration

Constitutive modelling of biodegradable polymers for cardiovascular tissue engineering applications.

Upgrade and validate simulator

To understand how hip implants fail, we must better understand how they wear.

Particle analysis

Most hip and knee implants fail due to the effects of wear particles created by the implant.

Better methods to measure wear of hip implants

To understand how hip implants fail, we must better understand how they wear.

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Dr Martin Stolz
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 7/4077

Facsimile: (023) 8059 3016

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