We are interested in elucidating the complex mechanical properties of cells and the extracellular matrix, and in turn, investigating how these mechanical properties and other mechanical cues play a role in important biological processes such as cancer progression, stem cell differentiation, or cell division. Our approach is to develop new force-measurement instrumentation and engineered biomaterials for 3D cell culture to provide new insight into these areas.

March 28, 2019
Joanna's paper, entitled "YAP-independent mechanotransduction drives breast cancer progression" has been accepted for publication in Nature Communications. The paper will be out soon!
March 21, 2019
Wing-Sum Law (Mechanical Engineering) and Yung-Hao Lin (Chemical Engineering) have both joined the group. Welcome!
March 1, 2019
We have received an NSF CAREER award to support our research into stem cell migration.