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.

Tue, 05/01/2012

On May 1st, 2012, the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Recent Publications

Y. Zhang, H. Zhu, M. Fujiwara, J. Xu and M. Dao, Scripta Materialia, 68 (2013) 607-610.

S. Huang, A. Undisz, M. Diez-Silva, H. Bow, M. Dao and J. Han, Integrative Biology, 5 (2013) 414-422.

P. Li, Z.S. Stratton, M. Dao, J. Ritz and T.J. Huang, Lab on a Chip, 13 (2013) 602-609.
==> See Lab on a Chip Blog about this article

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

D. Carnelli, P. Vena, M. Dao, C. Ortiz and R. Contro, J. R. Soc. Interface, 10 (2013) 20120953.