Biomechanics

MechSE has faculty members working on sub-cellular mechanics to whole body dynamics. The current research includes cell and intracellular mechanics, cell growth and differentiation, neuroscience, tissue mechanics, brain elastography and injury mechanics, bone growth and remodeling, locomotion biomechanics, gait rehabilitation robotics, and the effect of mechanical microenvironment in cancer progression.

Many of the biomechanics faculty have expertise in micro-nano technology which, together with the world-class facilities for nano fabrication in the MechSE department, allow them to address questions at subcellular scale using nano scale sensors. In addition, the biomechanics group collaborates with a wide range of disciplines including biology, animal science, veterinary medicine, anthropology, kinesiology, physiology, as well as clinicians from hospitals.

Laboratory infrastructure supporting biomechanics work at MechSE is outstanding and unique. It has advanced microscopy with diverse imaging modalities, a wide range of instrumentations and sensors to apply and measure forces at subcellular to whole body scale, and many custom made computational algorithms for analysis. MechSE is home to an NSF center, together with MIT and Georgia Tech, on biological machines that emerge from stem cells through engineered guidance. The center is titled as EBICS (Emergent Behavior in Integrated Cellular Systems). The MechSE biomechanics group also teaches a complete sequence of graduate courses covering cell mechanics to whole body dynamics.

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