Biomaterials, Mechanics, and Tissue Engineering Track

diagram of bone structure

Christopher Chen, Ph.D.
Track Director

The Biomaterials, Mechanics, and Tissue Engineering Track focuses on understanding, characterizing, and modulating the behavior of cells, tissues, and/or biomaterials for both research and clinical applications. This includes the design of novel drug delivery systems, creation of biomimetic research models, and the development of artificial tissues or organs that perform, augment, or replace a natural function.

Coursework complements the research training of graduate students and covers physiology, cell biology, material science, mechanics, and biophysics.


Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.
Research Interests: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, motor control, neuroscience

Christopher Chen, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biomaterials; Tissue mechanics; Tissue injury, degeneration and inflammation; Tissue engineering and regeneration; Cartilage biology and osteoarthritis 

Roger Chan, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; biomaterials; biomechanics (tissue mechanics); biorheology; bioacoustics; laryngeal physiology

Jonathan Cheng, M.D.
Research Interests: Nerve regeneration; long nerve gap repair; nerve-machine interface

Robert Eberhart, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biomaterials; circulatory assist devices

Joseph Forbess, M.D.
Research Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, cardiopulmonary perfusion

Michael Jessen, M.D.
Research Interests: Circulatory assist devices; cardiac metabolism

Romaine Johnson, M.D.
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; biomaterials; biomechanics (tissue mechanics); airway regeneration and reconstruction.

Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M
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William Lee, M.D.
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John Minna, M.D.
Research Interests: Molecular biomarkers of response to cancer therapy

Alan Nugent, M.D., M.B.B.S., FRACP
Research Interests: Biodegradable stents for congenital heart disease

Karen Pawlowski, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cellular mechanisms involved in sensory neural hearing loss; investigations of biomedical engineering technologies applied to the temporal bone and auditory system; role of biofilms in chronic recurrent infections of the temporal bone

Matthias Peltz, M.D.

Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cell motility and mechanics, corneal repair and regeneration, in vivo confocal imaging

Scott Smith, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Neural cardiovascular control during exercise; reflex dysfunction in heart failure; reflex dysfunction in hypertension