Center for Engineering MechanoBiology

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Mechanobiology Innovation

Creating new materials, biomedical therapies, and improved agricultural technologies

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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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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...

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Plant Cell Mechanobiology Blossoming at WashU

By James McGonigle on August 14, 2019

Plant biologist Lucia Strader in the School of Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis discovered a cellular transporter that regulates root initiation and progression.  Roots anc...

Trainee Pilot Awards: Proposal Deadline Nears!

By James McGonigle on August 13, 2019

$10K TRAINEE PILOT AWARDS DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES CEMB encourages applications for up to 3 pilot awards of up to $10,000 each to pairs or groups of CEMB-affiliated trainees to carry out innovative and ...

Organs-on-Chips and Organoids: Best of Both Worlds

By James McGonigle on June 11, 2019

Dan Huh, the Wilf Family Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, focuses his research on creating organs-on-chips: specially manufactured micro-devices with human cells t...

Faculty promotions at Washington University in St. Louis

By James McGonigle on March 15, 2019

We are thrilled to congratulate two of our colleagues on their promotion to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective next fall Marcus Foston, Associate Professor in the Department of ...

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