Symposium BM01—Multiscale Mechanobiology and Biomechanics—Theory, Experiments, Computations

Mechanisms of mechanical forces acting on biological tissues are difficult to understand due to the complexity and hierarchical organization of structures. Thus, both experimental evaluation, as well as modeling and predictive methodologies for biological systems, are unique. This is also true for engineered materials used at the interface with biology or used for replacement of biological tissues such as in regenerative medicine. The focus of this symposium is to bring together a strong cohort of modelers and experimentalists from many areas of mechanics, materials, cell biology, medicine etc. to investigate the response of biological and bio-inspired systems due to mechanical loading at various length scales. This symposium will also target the role of mechanics at the cellular and tissue level for applications in medicine and biomimetics. Besides conventional oral and poster presentations, this symposium will have one session in a panel discussion format with four panelists representing the modeling and experimental avenues of mechanobiology in particular.

Tentative list of Panelists

Subra Suresh (Carnegie Mellon University), Barbara Brodsky (Rutgers University), Cato T. Laurencin (University of Connecticut), Kristi S. Anseth (University of Colorado), Marc A. Meyers (University of California, San Diego)

Topics will include:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biological Materials
  • Cellular and Tissue Mechanics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Mechanics of Living-Non living Interfaces
  • Poromechanics of Tissues and Scaffolds
  • Nanoporous Biological and Bio-inspired Materials
  • Experimental Biomechanics
  • Molecular and Nanoscale Characterization of Biological materials and Biomaterials
  • Molecular Mechanics of DNA, Proteins, Protein-Protein and Protein-Biomaterial Interfaces
  • Multiscale Modeling of Biological Nanocomposites and Tissue Engineered Scaffolds

Invited Speakers:

  • Amit Bandyopadhyay (Washington State University, USA)
  • Susmita Bose (Washington State University, USA)
  • Elisa Budyn (Ecole Normale Superieure Cachan)
  • Markus Buehler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • David Cooper (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Mohan Edirisinghe (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Surya Kalidindi (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Nora de Leeuw (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
  • Rajesh Naik (Air Force Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Roger Narayan (University of North Carolina, USA)
  • Jeffry Nyman (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Michelle L. Oyen (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
  • Robert Ritchie (University of California Berkeley, USA)
  • Alexander Robling (Indiana University, USA)
  • Michael Sacks (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
  • Malcolm Snead (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Subra Suresh (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Candan Tamerler (University of Kansas, USA)
  • Ulrike G. K. Wegst (Dartmouth College, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Dinesh R. Katti
North Dakota State University
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Christian Hellmich
Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Structures

Ko Okumura
Ochanomizu University
Department of Physics

Peter Pivonka
University of Melbourne
St Vincent’s Department of Surgery, Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science

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