Biomechanics and Biomaterials


From how mechanics influence the formation of multicellular tissue structures to the beautiful colors produced by the nanoscale photonic waveguides in a butterfly wing, studying biomechanics and biomaterials can reveal not only more about how living systems function, but also how we can better control these systems. This kind of research not only crosses length scales, from nanoscale protein interactions to the large-scale mechanics of bird flocking, but also disciplinary boundaries. Current research topics in the department includes: the mechanics of bacterial biofilm formation and invasion processes, tissue and organ engineering, collective biological behaviors from cell migration to the control of multi-agent systems, drug delivery, the mechanics of embryonic development, the complex material properties of the cell membrane, and applications of soft matter theory to describing sub-cellular processes. 

Daniel Cohen
Assistant Professor
109 Hoyt
Mikko Haataja
(609) 258-9126
D404C Engineering Quadrangle
Associate Professor
(609) 258-5689
D222 Engineering Quadrangle
Andrej Kosmrlj
Assistant Professor
(609) 258-8613
D404D Engineering Quadrangle
Naomi Ehrich Leonard
Edwin S. Wilsey Professor
(609) 258-5129
D234 Engineering Quadrangle
Howard A. Stone
Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor
(609) 258-9493
D328 Engineering Quadrangle