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Dr Jan Bernd Vorstius is a lecturer in the discipline of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he teaches in Control Engineering, Thermodynamics, Circuit Design and Biomedical Systems.
He is Programme Lead for the programmes BEng Mechanical Engineering, BEng Mechanical Engineering with Renewables, MSc Industrial Engineering and Management, and MSc Industrial Engineering and International Finance. He is also Erasmus and Global Exchange Coordinator for the School of Science and Engineering.
Dr Vorstius received his Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen (Germany) in 2008 before studying for a PhD at the University of Dundee, which he achieved in 2012. He accepted a teaching and scholarship lectureship in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 parallel to completing his PhD and was promoted into an active research position in November 2013. Since January 2015, he also leads the undergraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering in Dundee. Dr Vorstius established a facility for multidisciplinary research in musculoskeletal tissue engineering at the University of Dundee, including the development of a cell laboratory facility located alongside a modern engineering facility within the School of Science and Engineering (SSEN), allowing engineers and biologists to work side by side.
Dr Vorstius' research interests are in the biomedical field and concentrate on medical devices and tissue engineering. The research in tissue engineering is focused especially on the in vitro development of musculoskeletal tissues through means of mechanical, electrical and chemical stimulation and on engineering bioreactors to optimise muscle tissue growth and development. Improved engineering of musculoskeletal tissues and tissue interfaces leads to a better understanding of tissue formation and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, necessary to achieve progress in regenerative medicine. Dr Vorstius has an active research group consisting of PhD students, research associates, undergraduate and postgraduate students and also is fostering regular international research student exchanges.
Dr Vorstius also engages with industry to solve issues encountered in practical mechanical engineering, and has worked on numerous government and industry funded (SFC grants) projects from advanced control systems to final prototype design, and he is principle investigator in two government funded (Innovate UK grant – Knowledge Transfer Partnership) industry projects.