Principle  Investigator

Associate professor

Research interests:

1,Cell Mechanics

2,Soft Matter Physics

3, Engineering Living Systems

4, Biomaterials

 

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Postdoctoral  Researchers

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Yulong Han

Postdoctoral

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

Yiwei Li

Postdoctoral

Research interest:

  1. Mechanical impact of tumor growth on adipocyte fate decision;

  2. The role of molecular crowding in Wnt/beta-catenin signaling and intestinal organoid growth;

  3. Single-cell heterogeneity development in lung cancer under mechanical stimulation.

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Graduate  Researchers

Wenhui Tang

Graduate

Wenhui received her B.Eng. in Renewable Energy Engineering in 2018 from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Currently, she is working on helical nanofiber yarns and development and epithelial unjamming on curved biological surfaces. She likes skiing, running and cooking in her spare time.

Satish Kumar Gupta

Graduate

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.

Fan Liu

Graduate

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, and Cell mechanics with optical tweezers.

Vira Dhaliwal

Graduate

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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Undergraduate Students

Joseph Bonavia

UROP

Joseph is a MIT undergrad. He is working on hydrogel membranes on lobsters, crawfish, bugs, and other exciting creatures!

Haiqian Yang

visiting student

Haiqian is an undergraduate visiting student from Xi'an Jiaotong University. He will receive his B.Eng. in Engineering Mechanics in 2020. Currently he is working on understanding how vimentin influences nonlinear stiffening in extracellular matrix and cell migration.

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Alumini

 

Jiliang Hu

Master Student

Current Position: Graduate student at MIT Physics dept

Tianqi Zheng

Undergraduate

Current Position: Graduate student at Johns Hopkins University

Qirong Lin

Undergraduate

Current Position: Graduate student at Johns Hopkins University

Guoqiang Xu

Undergraduate

Current Position: Graduate student at Hong Kong University

Yukun Hao

Undergraduate

Current Position: Graduate student at Stanford

Zichen Gu

Undergraduate

Current Position: Graduate student at Caltech

Jiawei Sun

Undergraduate

Current Position: Graduate student at Stanford

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