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

This project's scope considers how algae can help produce fuels and contribute to cleaner combustion

Mechanical engineers are working with physicians to help athletes with Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries.

Her proposal is titled “Deciphering aging-driven cognitive decline in C. elegans spatial memory and learning through an interdisciplinary approach”.

New techniques are providing unprecedented views into human development —  and raising ethical questions.

Luetkemeyer's research uses state-of-the-art, full-field experimental and computational inverse techniques to build mathematical models of the mechanical behavior of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

The new study also reveals the important role of mechanical signals in the development of the human nervous system.