The Center for
Engineering MechanoBiology

Understanding and harnessing the power of mechanics in tissue, cell, and molecule behavior across the plant and animal kingdoms

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Source: Melike Lakadamyali, UPenn, 2020. Super-resolution image of histone and DNA organization in mesenchymal stem cells. Link

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The Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) is a multi-institution Science and Technology Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance the study of mechanical forces in molecules, cells, and tissues in plants and animals.

Committed to inclusion, CEMB recruits, educates, and mentors individuals from all cultural, scientific, and socio-economic backgrounds.

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It's not Friday, but any day is good for fluorescence, right? Did some outreach for the @CEMB_STC today using plant autofluorescence and our @zeiss_micro LSM 880 confocal. Buckeye leaf, 2-color image, blue and red emission.

It was a pleasure hosting Hae-Won Kim (Dankook Univ) and his team from ITREN, the first #mechanobiology research center in South Korea. @CEMB_STC looks forward to continuing the great discussions we had.

Thanks to @ChiiJChan1 for the invitation to visit @MBIsg virtually and to present our work on cell and tissue hydraulics last week. We discussed areas of potential collaboration. @CEMB_STC looks forward to joining forces with MBI to tackle exciting problems in #mechanobiology

The new @CEMB_STC will bring together researchers from @PennEngineers, @PennMedicine & beyond to advance #mechanointelligence, the study of understanding & engineering the working memory of cells to enhance their function & fitness ft. @ShenoyLab @NSF https://bit.ly/39t6sgK

We proudly announce five funded projects for 2022 Trainee Pilot Awards! Join us congratulating Dr Alişya Anlaş, Jeehan Chang, @JoshCoomey, @SungYeon___Kim, and @KarenLXu_ and their collaborators!

Engineering Mechano-Intelligence

We seek to study, understand, and engineer the working memory of cells to enhance their function and environmental fitness.

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Source: Kara McCloskey, UC, Merced, 2019. This is an image of vascular progenitor cells differentiating into patterned vascular cells.

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Annual Mechanobiology Symposium

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The 4th Annual Mechanobiology Symposium: Mechanobiology and Metabolism will be on March 9 and 10, 2022, at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and virtually! Stay tuned for registration information.

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