Biomechanics & Mechanobiology

  • Mechanobiology of vascular and connective tissue cells (role of stiffness and multiaxial stretch) (Billiar, Pins).
  • Soft tissue mechanics (biaxial testing, rheometry, and constitutive modeling of tissues including heart valves, blood vessels, skin, myocardium, and collagen-based biomaterials) (Billiar).
  • Mechanics of sternal fixation (Billiar, Pins).
  • Functional analysis of cardiac muscle repair (Gaudette).
  • Functional analysis of tissue-engineered vascular grafts (Billiar, Gaudette, Rolle).

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