Department of Bioengineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
One of life's amazing feats is the conversion of chemical energy into active forces in precisely controlled ways, enabling us to take a walk, or our immune cells to chase infectious bacteria. In my research we examine how biology generates forces and regulates its material properties, with a particular focus at the scale of 100 microns to nanometers. By studying molecules and cells, we try to understand the physics behind cellular processes of our body's function or failure, and also direct strategies for new kinds of composite materials inspired by biology.