The Nanomechanics Laboratory investigates mechanical properties of engineered and biological materials at the nano to macro-scale using experimental, analytical, and computational techniques.

The lab’s current research projects include studies of nanostructured materials as well as exploring connections between biological cell mechanics and human disease states.

Recent News

Mon, 09/18/2017

Microfluidic device uses acoustics to quickly analyze blood for signatures of cancer and other diseases. (Also see Video)

Mon, 03/06/2017

The study established a framework for understanding the mechanics that underlies vesicle formation, which can be used to help develop liquid biopsies for a range of diseases and to develop new drug delivery vehicles.

Mon, 08/08/2016

An interdisciplinary, international group of researchers has found new biophysical markers that could help improve the understanding of treatments for sickle cell disease.

Tue, 07/12/2016

Researchers used computer modeling to show how the spleen maintains the quality of red blood cells in the bloodstream. The findings may provide insights into conditions that lead to anemia.

Mon, 06/27/2016

Computer model finds slits in the spleen impose a “physical fitness test” on red blood cells.

Recent Publications

M. Wu, Y. Ouyang, Z. Wang, R. Zhang, P.-H. Huang, C. Chen, H. Li, P. Li, D. Quinn, M. Dao*, S. Suresh*, Y. Sadovsky* and T.J. Huang*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 114 (2017) doi:10.1073/pnas.1709210114. (See PNAS Early Edition, MIT News Report and Video)

W. Xi, F. Kong, J.C. Yeo, L. Yu, S. Sonam, M. Dao, X. Gong and C.T. Lim, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 114 (2017) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1712195114. (See PNAS Early Edition)

X. Li, E Du, M. Dao*, S. Suresh and G.E. Karniadakis*, PLoS Comput Biol, 13 (2017) e1005426. (See Supporting Information)

C. Huang, D. Quinn, Y. Sadovsky, S. Suresh* and K.J. Hsia*, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 114 (2017) 2910-2915. (See CMU News Report, and Phys.org)

X. Li, M. Dao, G. Lykotrafitis and G.E. Karniadakis, Journal of Biomechanics, 50 (2017) 34-41.