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Biomedical Mechanics

Traditionally, whole organs and tissues have been analyzed for global material properties, but more recent approaches have developed detailed understanding of biomechanics at the cell and molecular length scales. Furthermore, the influence of mechanical forces on biological processes (mechanobiology) plays critical regulatory roles in many physiological and disease processes. Cornell’s Biomedical Mechanics research team has a rich 40+ year history of collaborations between engineers, life scientists, veterinary, and medical professionals and continues to pioneer new fundamental and applied directions in this exciting field. This history was pioneered by the Sibley-HSS joint orthpaedic mechanics research program, which links the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with the top-ranked orthopaedic program in the country at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

A research portfolio of top ranked engineering, veterinary, and medical schools has enabled Cornell to pursue unparalleled breadth and depth in biomechanical and mechanobiological inquiry. Our research topics extend across 10 orders of magnitude in length, from nanoscale mechanics in bone to cardiac function in large animal models. Cornell is also pushing the frontiers of biomechanical analysis towards the meso-scale of elemental tissue structure, creating new theory, computational models, and experimental test systems. We have additionally combined these platforms with genetic and molecular tools to discover new functional principles of heterogeneous biological structures and tailor their mechanical performance.

The Biomedical Mechanics area has vibrant participation from a diverse population of graduate students and alumni that populate the faculty of numerous universities and colleges. The Biomedical Mechanics faculty, postdocs, and PhD students participate in a weekly seminar series that started in 1996, with current attendance of 20-30.  This seminar is primarily a vehicle for PhD students and fellows to present work, and also involves professional development and outside speakers.

Research Area Faculty

  Name Department Contact
lb244.jpg Bonassar, Lawrence
Biomedical Engineering 149 Weill Hall
607 255-9381
boskeya.jpg Boskey, Adele
Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell
jtb47.jpg Butcher, Jonathan T.
Associate Professor, Associate Director of BME, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Biomedical Engineering 304 Weill Hall
607 255-3575
eld26.jpg Donnelly, Eve
Assistant Professor, Dale R. Corson Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering 227 Bard Hall
607 255-1067
de54.jpg Erickson, David Carl
Sibley College Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 281 Kimball Hall
607 255-4861
cf99.jpg Fischbach-Teschl, Claudia
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering 157 Weill Hall
607 255-4547
cjh275.jpg Hernandez, Christopher J.
Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 219 Upson Hall
607 255-5129
jtj2.jpg Jenkins, James Thomas
Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Room 117 Hollister Hall
607 255-7185
al274.jpg Lal, Amit
Robert M. Scharf 1977 Professor of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering Room 120 Phillips Hall
607 255-9374
jl2792.jpg Lammerding, Jan
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering 235 Weill Hall
607 255-1700
sam268.jpg Maher, Suzanne
Associate Scientist, Hospital for Special Surgery; Associate Adjunct Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell
cak57.jpg Reinhart-King, Cynthia A.
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Biomedical Engineering 302 Weill Hall
607 255-8491
xs66.jpg Shen, Xiling
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
as2833.jpg Singh, Ankur
Assistant Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 389 Kimball Hall
607 255-2194
mcv3.jpg van der Meulen, Marjolein C.H.
James M. and Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering; Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering 113 Weill Hall
607 255-1445
tmw65.jpg Wright, Timothy
Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell