Nidal Khatib joined the Developmental Biomechanics group at the Department of Bioengineering as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in January 2019. His research involves understanding the involvement of mechanotransduction pathways, including stretch-activated ion channels, in the development of prenatal cartilage and bone using a mechanostimulation bioreactor. Before joining Imperial College, Nidal completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Cardiff University, UK, which involved a patient-based study investigating biomechanical and biological pathways behind the development of early knee osteoarthritis. He also holds a primary degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Reading, UK, and an MSc in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine from University College London, UK. Contact Nidal via email at