Mugdha Joglekar


GSMS PhD Candidate, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands (2020- )

MSc, Molecular Treatment and Innovative Medicine, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2020

MSc, Medical Science, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2020

Bachelor in Technology (Biotechnology), Vellore Institute of Technology, India, 2018



Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CODP) is a disease characterized by obstructive airflow and damaged lung tissue which leads to breathing problems, excessive sputum production, and chronic cough in patients. It is caused following prolonged inhalation of noxious gases such as during smoking and air pollution. These toxic particles stimulate structural and immune cells to secrete cytokines and proteases in their microenvironment that invoke immune responses and remodel the extracellular matrix (ECM). The ECM in turn affects cellular function and fate. However, the crucial role of the ECM in pathobiology of COPD remains largely unknown. I am interested in understanding the interaction between COPD-ECM and infiltrating immune cells such as neutrophils and monocytes on their function and survival. I am also exmaining ECM fragments, bioactive ECM components generated during remodelling, as potential biomarkers of disease status and progression. Simultaneously, I am investigating a novel lung-adhesive biomaterial as a bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR) technique as an alternative intervention for patients affected by severe emphysema.

Keywords: ECM, COPD, innate immune response, ECM fragments, lung-adhesive, BLVR

2022 De Cock-Hadders Foundation, Research Grant, €5500

2022       Immunotools Special Award 

2020       Graduate School of Medical Science PhD funding, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands (2020-2023)

2018       Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarship for International Master in Innovative Medicine, Sweden and The Netherlands

2017       Indian Academy of Science Summer Research Fellowship, India

2014       Merit Scholarship, Vellore Institute of Technology, India (2014-2018)