Role of mechanics in biological materials research
Hsia, K. Jimmy Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.
- Important issues
- Understanding mechanisms of cellular behavior
- Cell motility
- Cell adhesion
- Discovering new phenomena
- Tool development
- Engineering hybrid systems
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Understanding biological materials and systems, which are intrinsically complex, requires a multidisciplinary approach. Engineering disciplines, such as mechanics, potentially can make significant contributions in this pursuit. Mechanics tools may be used to advance the fundamental knowledge of biological materials and systems in a number of ways, including understanding the fundamental mechanisms of biological systems, discovering new responses of biological materials to different stimuli, developing new tools for studying biological materials and systems, and creating hybrid engineered systems with unique features.
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