The Research Program of the Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory (Director, Helen H. Lu Ph.D.) centers on understanding how the biological interface between different types of connective tissues are formed and maintained in the body, and more importantly, how to re-establish these distinct tissue-to-tissue boundaries post injury.
The research focuses of the Bone Bioengineering Laboratory are truly multidisciplinary and intersect traditional boundaries between biomechanics, biomedical imaging, and cellular bioengineering. The major thrusts of the current research include (1) image based microstructural and finite element analyses of skeletons, (2) in vitro mechanobiology of osteocytes, osteoblasts, and osteoclasts; and (3) 3D cell mechanics and mechanotransduction.
The Nanobiotechnology and Synthetic Biology laboratory, directed by Prof. Henry Hess, focuses on the engineering applications of nanoscale motors. Such microscopic motors with the ability to create forces and drive active movement with high efficiency enable new approaches to a wide range of nanotechnologies, including biosensing, drug delivery, molecular assembly, and active materials.