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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Physical and Biological Sciences

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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CEMB-TLC proudly presents Academic Entrepreneurship mini-series on Fridays Aug 12,19,26th 11-12.30 ET! Let's explore more about the field & start-up careers and learn from the faculty, entrepreneurs & related-professionals. RSVP now at*3A*2F**2Fe*2Fcenter-of-engineering-mechanobiologycemb-academic-entrepreneurship-series-tickets-394146441617%26data%3D05*7C01*7Cramahdita.ghiska**7C7e512134164e4387fa0008da7590390e*7C4ccca3b571cd4e6d974b4d9beb96c6d6*7C0*7C0*7C637951559563290146*7CUnknown*7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0*3D*7C3000*7C*7C*7C%26sdata%3D5M6x52*2Bjd9KlIXvprM9uOwitjEhTlwEVm7s68mjC*2BuM*3D%26reserved%3D0__%3BJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSU!!IBzWLUs!Xq06b3WW5XZZFqcU0VwU2ra45NMClBTtlmmGzPn6IRfmdb9hnTvFaZbuCIve8xry_3wwi57JDL96Kvw4cdPmhhnYeEUCH_0OYQ%24&

Truth is in tissues: New atlases of RNA data hint at mechanobiology mechanisms for how our DNA is protected. New paper reviews mechanisms to help guide the engineering of cells, tissues, & organoids. #scilight @CEMB_STC

The @CEMB_STC's Undergraduates Expanding Boundaries program has 17 more mechanobiologists to call alumni! Each student worked hard this summer, learned a lot, and gave outstanding presentations! Congrats to all!
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It has been a blast! They survived the 2-weeks CEMB Bootcamp with wonderful research work. That was nice to see their presentation & accomplished works. Thanks to all participants, TAs, faculties as well as the organizer behind the stage!

Not only research labs and lectures, CEMB Bootcamp also features @WUSTLCareers to navigate Career exploration & Networking! During these sessions we also discussed how to manage collaborative projects.

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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