Symposium SB06—Bringing Mechanobiology to Materials—From Molecular Understanding to Biological Design
This symposium will cover the impact of mechanobiology on living systems and its relevance for the interaction of cells with materials. This topic is an emerging area in materials research with large-scale impact in the future, ranging from implants to tissue-engineered organs to soft robotics. The first part of the symposium will focus on the molecular mechanisms of controlling cells by the mechanical properties of molecules and materials, as well as mechanical linkages of molecules to materials. The second part will cover larger scale systems, including tissue engineering and implants. Thematically, the symposium will be centered around a grand challenge in mechanobiology: the design of materials that can physically direct cells to execute autonomous dynamic, coordinated, and multi-scale behaviors. The meeting will address this challenge by bringing together individuals from the basic and applied sciences and engineering in order to motivate new applications in materials science from recent findings in basic research.
Contributions submitted to the symposium can address both mechanobiological aspects from basic science (e.g. single molecule mechanobiology, biophysics, surface chemistry) and applied science (e.g. in vitro and in vivo biomaterial studies), or address novel methods to characterize mechanobiological properties.
Therefore the symposium will bring together scientists and engineers from various disciplines, providing a forum for discussing recent progress in mechanobiology in relation to materials science and material applications. Future opportunities will be discussed in the context of cutting-edge biomaterials fabrication and related disciplines, including 3D-bioprinting and biohybrid soft robotics.
Abstracts will be solicited in the following areas: Single molecule mechanobiology, cell-material interactions controlled by biomechanics, mechanobiology applications in medicine and engineering.