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

Tue, 02/05/2013

National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh announced that he will step down from his current role at NSF at the end of March to accept an appointment as Carnegie Mellon University’s ninth president, effective July 1.

Tue, 10/02/2012

Expertise, transparency, impartiality, appropriateness, confidentiality, and integrity: Those are the guiding principles of scientific merit review espoused by a recent global summit hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Thu, 08/30/2012

MIT-led research team finds that protein significantly reduces infected cells’ ability to squeeze through tiny channels compared to healthy cells.

Mon, 05/21/2012

Research-agency heads from around the world agree to formulate shared principles to aid collaborations.

Recent Publications

X. Xu, A.K. Efremov, A. Li, L. Lai, M. Dao, C.T. Lim and J. Cao, PLoS ONE, 8 (2013) e64763.

P. Gu and M. Dao, Appl. Phys. Lett., 102 (2013) 091904.

P.A. Carvalho, M. Diez-Silva, H. Chen, M. Dao and S. Suresh, Acta Biomaterialia, 2013, in press.

P. Li, Z.S. Stratton, M. Dao, J. Ritz and T.J. Huang, Lab on a Chip, 13 (2013) 602-609.
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S. Huang, A. Undisz, M. Diez-Silva, H. Bow, M. Dao and J. Han, Integrative Biology, 5 (2013) 414-422.