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.

April 9, 2018
Sungmin's paper entitled "Mitotic cells generate protrusive extracellular forces to divide in three-dimensional microenvironments" has been published in Nature Physics! Check it out  here 
April, 2018
Dhiraj Indana (Mechanical Engineering) has joined the group. Welcome!
April, 2018
Congratulations to Julie and Vivek on winning NSF fellowships!