Biomechanics & Biosystems

Research

How do proteins transport materials within a cell? How does the human ear automatically accommodate loud noises? How are biological accelerometers used to control balance?  How can robotic limbs and exoskeletons restore function?

The mechanics of materials, motion, and fluids are central to many aspects of biology and medicine. We work at the intersection of biology, medicine and engineering. We develop new devices and methodologies for a wide variety of biomedical and scientific applications across an enormous range of scales.

Specialties

  • Bio-imaging and neural networks
  • Biosensors
  • Mechanics of muscles, tendons, skin
  • Sports injury prevention
  • Robotic aids for human disabilities and rehabilitation
  • Cell mechanics and mechanotransduction
  • Cell adhesion and mechanics
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Structural acoustics
  • Cochlear mechanics
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Protein motors
  • Coiling of DNA
  • Dynamics of biological networks

Recent News

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.

Professor Ellen Arruda custom designed a batting glove to get UM’s Ako Thomas back on field after he sustained a hand injury

The work, which was a collaborative effort with a research group in Minnesota, included the construction of mechanosensitive liposome with biosensing capability using cell-free expression.

“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 symposium will take place at the Biophysical Society 61st Annual Meeting in New Orleans, February 11-15, 2017