Biomechanics: proteins, hydrogels & cells
We are developing experimental and computational techniques to study the mechanical properties of cells, tissues and their building blocks. From a biomechanical perspective, cells and tissues can be pictured as complex fluids and hydrogels, and their mechanical properties arise from the hierarchical assembly of biomolecules such as proteins and glycans. Cells sense and respond to the mechanical properties of their environment. By studying biomechanics at various length scales, from molecules to tissues, we define mechanisms underpinning health and disease and advance the development of novel biomaterials with tailored mechanical properties.
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