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Research Highlights: 

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?

The mechanics of materials, motion, and fluids are central to many aspects of biology and medicine. Mechanical engineers at U-M develop new devices and methodologies for a wide variety of biomedical and scientific applications. See how mechanical engineering applies to an enormous range of scales


Ellen Arruda

Mechanics of muscles, tendons, skin

James Ashton-Miller

Vaginal birth-related injuries, sports injury prevention, loss of balance & falls, aging, medical instrumentation

Nikos Chronis

Neurobiology of C. elegans, bio-imaging and neural networks, biosensors

Jianping Fu

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

Krishna Garikipati

Cell adhesion and mechanics

Brent Gillespie

Human-machine interfaces

Karl Grosh

Structural acoustics, cochlear mechanics, electroacoustic transducers

Eric Johnsen

Therapeutic ultrasound, shock waves and cavitation in human tissue

Art Kuo

Rehabilitation, mechanics and control of human walking

Allen Liu

Endocytosis, motility, and cellular reconstitution

Edgar Meyhofer

Protein motors

Gábor Orosz

dynamics of neural networks and gene-regulatory networks

Noel Perkins

Coiling of DNA, wearable biomedical monitoring devices

C David Remy

Design and control of legged and rehabilitation robots

Kazu Saitou

Protein docking, radiation therapy, chemoinformatics

Albert Shih

Biomedical device design

Kathleen Sienko

Rehabilitation, sensory augmentation, medical device design

Michael Thouless

Micromechanics of biomaterials

Angela Violi

Biomedical impact of nanoparticles

Thomas Wang

Biomedical instrument design, bio-MEMS, imaging, optics, endoscopy, cancer