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, 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.

Mon, 01/25/2016

Technique could enable 3-D printing of cellular structures for tissue engineering.

Recent Publications

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

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

Y.W. Dong, X.L. Lia, Q. Zhao, J. Yang and M. Dao, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 244 (2017) 190-203.

S. Saito*, T. Ochiai, F. Yoshizawa and M. Dao*, Scientific Reports, 6 (2016) 34063.