Center for Engineering MechanoBiology

Mechanobiology Community

Developing a network of scholars, students, and industrial and community partners

Mechanobiology Innovation

Creating new materials, biomedical therapies, and improved agricultural technologies

Mechanobiology Education

Training the science and engineering workforce of the future

Mechanobiology Research

Exploring how molecules, cells and tissues utilize mechanics within plant and animal biology

The Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) is a multi-institutional Science and Technology Center funded by the NSF to advance the study of mechanical forces in molecules, cells, and tissues in plants and animals.
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Four trainee teams awarded CEMB Pilot Grants

By Annie Jeong on March 2, 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 Pilot grant awardees! Four trainee teams were awarded pilot funding to conduct interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, and cross-kingdom research. Check out the project ...

Penn BioConnect: May 5, 2020

By Annie Jeong on March 2, 2020

The inaugural Penn BioConnect Symposium will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 11am-5pm in the Smilow Center for Translational Reseach. This first-of-its-kind symposium is designed to connect...

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Remembering Barbara G. Pickard

By James McGonigle on December 23, 2019

With great sadness, we share the loss of our friend, Prof. Barbara G. Pickard of Washington University in St. Louis.  Barbara passed on December 6, 2019, from complications related to hip surgery. ...

Healing interventions for spinal disc injuries

By James McGonigle on November 18, 2019

Researchers in the Mauck group have discovered that using a biological inhibitor to prevent cells in the spinal cord from becoming stressed and starting a subpar healing process gives doctors more ...

What I Did for My Summer Vacation!

By James McGonigle on November 7, 2019

by Amanda Cottone and Jim McGonigle.   Our 2019 Summer Research Experience for Teachers program supported its 3rd cohort consisting of four high school STEM teachers from the Philadelphia area. Ove...

Why Tissue Gets Stiffer When Compressed

By Annie Jeong on October 16, 2019

In a study recently published in Nature, Drs. Paul Janmey and Vivek Shenoy, along with their graduate students Anne van Oosten and Xingyu Chen and collaborators, have answered the long-standing bio...

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Organ-Level Function on a Chip: Bile Duct-on-a-Chip

By James McGonigle on October 8, 2019

In a recent paper published in Hepatology, CEMB’s Rebecca G. Wells, reports on creating the first bile duct-on-a-chip, making it possible for more-complete research to be conducted without the need...

CEMB at BMES 2019

By Annie Jeong on October 3, 2019

There will be a strong showing of CEMB research at the 2019 Biomedical Engineering Society conference in Philadelphia, PA, on October 16-19, 2019. Co-organized by CEMB’s Jason Burdick, there ...

Blinking Eye-on-a-Chip featured in NSF video

By Annie Jeong on September 16, 2019

Recent research by CEMB PIs and trainees has been featured in NSF’s series, “4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn’t Hear About.” The blinking eye-on-a-chip is currently being u...

Upcoming events

  • April 17, 2020 • 1:29 PM – 3 PM
  • CEMB Conf. Room - 112 A LRSM
  • April 27, 2020 • 9 AM – 8 PM
  • Singh Center for Nanotechnology
  • April 28, 2020 • 9 AM – 8 PM
  • Singh Center for Nanotechnology