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Research Theme: Biomedicine

Where Mechanics and Biomedicine Meet

With over 200 medical device companies within 20 miles and three top-tier hospitals within walking distance, the Stanford campus provides a unique setting for medical innovation.

Many faculty and students working in Biomechanical Engineering are developing a combination of strong mechanical skills with a working understanding of biological and/or medical systems and processes. Investigations range from exploring how proteins fold and interact to designing the next generation of medical equipment and joint replacements. Biomechanical Engineering research encompasses not only fundamental scientific questions but also the endeavors which will bring discoveries to hospitals, clinics and society as a whole to improve general health, well-being and quality of life.

Biomechanical Engineering is central to the department's efforts in exploring the mechanics-biomedicine interface and developing innovative solutions for this rapidly growing area. In addition, many students working in all of the Mechanical Engineering groups (DesignThermosciencesFlow Physics and Computation, and Mechanics and Computation) have substantial research efforts in the area of biological systems. 

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 16:30

 Title: Normal Tissue Irradiation Promotes Tumor and Immune Cell Infiltration in a Breast Cancer Model


Monday, May 9, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30
Building 300 Room 300

Title: Evaluation of aneurysmal dilatation in the chronically dissected aorta

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 16:30 to 17:30
Building 530 Room 127
Prof. David A. Weitz (Harvard)
Title: Universal correlation between stiffness and volume for living cells
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and of Bioengineering
Assistant Professor by courtesy of Mechanical Engineering
Huang Building, MO5 Suite B060
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:30
Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

Creation of extremely strong yet ultra-light materials can be achieved by capitalizing on the hierarchical design of 3-dimensional nano-architectures. Such structural metamaterials exhibit superior thermomechanical properties at extremely low mass densities (lighter than aerogels), making these solid foams ideal for many scientific and technological applications.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:30



Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 14:00 to 16:00
450 Durand
Basic Materials Research and New Technology in Orphopaedic Reconstructions
Ken Gall
Professor and Chair
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Duke Univeristy
Does new basic materials knowledge drive technology innovation or do emerging technology needs 
motivate the creation of new knowledge and new materials? In this talk we will discuss two 
different experiences stemming my own research in shape memory materials. In the field of bone 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 19:00 to 20:00
The Atrium, Peterson Building 550

Free and open to the public

Krista Donaldson (MSE Product Design ’98, PhD Mechanical Engineering ‘04) is the CEO of D-REV, 
a non-profit product development company that designs and delivers products to people living on less than $4 a day.
Donaldson led the release of Brilliance (a low-cost, high-quality phototherapy device that reduces the number of infant deaths and disability caused by newborn jaundice) and ReMotion (an affordable prosthetic knee that is worn by over 4,900 amputees in the developing world).

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 14:00
CIS-X (101X) Auditorium, Paul G. Allen Building, Stanford University


"Improving Peripheral IV Catheterization Through Robotics: From Simple
Assistive Devices To a Fully-Autonomous System"

Reuben Brewer
Mechanical Engineering Department
Monday, November 10th, 2014 @ 2pm
CIS-X (101X) Auditorium, Paul G. Allen Building, Stanford University
Directions available at:
The auditorium is on the corner of the building near the street Serra Mall


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