Jianping Fu

Jianping Fu
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
Associate Director, Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care


GGB (George G. Brown Laboratory)

2350 Hayward 
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

(734) 615-7363


PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
MS, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
BE, University of Science and Technology of China, 2000

Research Interests

Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology, Mechanotransduction, Stem Cell Biology, Bioengineering, and BioMEMS

Honors and Awards

Rising Star Award, Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2016
Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award, University of Michigan, 2015
Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, 2014
Robert M. Caddell Memorial Award for Research, University of Michigan, 2014
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2012
American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, 2012
American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010
Senturia Prize for Best Thesis in MEMS/NEMS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
Halen Carr Peake Research Prize for Bioengineering Research of Extraordinary Quality, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
PPST 20th Anniversary Research Excellence Award, First Runner-up, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
100K Entrepreneurship Competition, Semifinalist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
Massachusetts Technology Assessment Award, 2006

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

Related News

Artificial human embryos are coming, and no one knows how to handle them

Researchers have developed a fluidic device to track over time which cancer cells lead the disease’s invasive march.

Jianping Fu's research has shown that pluripotent stem cells can self-organize into a structure similar to the amniotic sac, an early stage of human development. The discovery could be used to study why pregnancies fail.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States

“People have a fairly good understanding of what happens in embryos before and after implantation,” said Jianping Fu, “But what is happening during implantation, including the process of amnion development, is a black box.”

The paper is titled "Mechanosensitive subcellular rheostasis drives emergent single-cell mechanical homeostasis"