Principal Investigator

Ming Guo

Associate Professor

Class 1954 Career Development Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Yulong Han

Research interest:

  1. Cell dynamics during cancer growth

  2. Mechanical heterogeneity of cancer cells and ECM

  3. Nonlinear mechanical properties of the ECM and its effects on cancer cell behavior

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Graduate student

Satish Gupta

Research interests:

  1. Equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium physics of cytoplasm.

  2. Nuclear mechanics and its effects on biological processes. 

  3. Developing new methods and instrumentation to measure the mechanics and dynamics of the cell.

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Graduate student

Wenhui Tang

Wenhui received her B.Eng. in Renewable Energy Engineering in 2018 from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Currently, she is working on collective cell migration on curved biological surfaces. She likes skiing, running and cooking in her spare time.

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Graduate student

Fan Liu

Fan obtained his BS from Beihang Unversity and MS from Tsinghua University. His previous works include medical robotics, triboelectric nanogenerators, microplasma. He started his PhD at MIT in 2019, and currently is working on instrumentation regarding Mechanics of tumors.

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Graduate student

Vira Dhaliwal

Vira is a MechE graduate student from Norway. He previously worked on plasma dynamics for aerospace applications before becoming interested in biophysics. He is currently investigating the dynamics of the cytoplasm.

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Graduate student

Haiqian Yang

Haiqian is a MechE graduate student. He is working on understanding spatial and temporal organization of multicellular systems.


Graduate student

Elise Gubbins

Elise earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Yale in 2018. Her work is focused on generating functional tissue engineered models of mucosal barrier tissues, co-advised with Prof. Linda Griffith. Her primary interest is in the interplay of cell-generated mechanical forces with differentiation, regeneration, and morphogenic pattern development.

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Yiwei Li


Current Position: faculty at Huazhong University of Science and Technology 

Jiliang Hu

Master Student

Current Position: Graduate student at MIT Physics dept

Tianqi Zheng


Current Position: Graduate student at Johns Hopkins University

Qirong Lin


Current Position: Biotech Start-up

Guoqiang Xu


Current Position: Graduate student at Hong Kong University

Yukun Hao


Current Position: Graduate student at Stanford

Zichen Gu


Current Position: Graduate student at Caltech

Jiawei Sun


Current Position: Graduate student at Stanford