Biomechanics, Microfluidics, Biomaterials and Tissue

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Our faculty’s research in this area focuses on harnessing the power of cells and tissues to characterize native tissue and cell biomechanics to predict disease states; incorporating biomechanical signals to direct stem cell differentiation; engineering novel bioactive materials and functional tissue implants to treat cardiovascular, orthopaedic, ophthalmologic, and endocrinology diseases. Our researchers are also developing in vitro functional models of human physiology and pathology (“organs-on-chip”) to test pharmaceutical therapies, control the differentiation of stem cells, and uncover mechanisms of human disease. Research is conducted in collaborations with the Department of Pathology, Cardiology, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Medicine, the Diabetes Research Institute, the Stem Cell Institute, the VA Medical Center, and industrial partners.

Lab Name
Lab PI Location
Biomaterials Laboratory
Fotios Andreopoulos, PhD MEA 169
Biomaterials/Circulatory Assist Device Laboratory Fotios Andreopoulos, PhD Room 8075A
Islet Immunoengineering Lab Alice Tomei, PhD DRI 2011
Mechanobiology Laboratory Chun-Yuh C. Huang, PhD MEA 168
Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory Alicia Jackson, PhD MEA 169
Physiomimetic Microsystems Laboratory Ashutosh Agarwal, PhD Converge 790A
Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory Weiyong Gu, PhD MEB 149-152