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Biomechanical Engineering Offices and Labs


The BME offices are primarily located in the Clark Center and on the 2nd floor of building 520, 452 Escondido Mall. The main BME administrative office is room 218.

BME Laboratories

The BME Laboratories are designed to integrate mechanical testing with experimental techniques from fundamental biology to clinical studies (including direct patient studies). The BME laboratories are state-of-the-art, and include facilities for cell and tissue culture, mechanical testing, tissue preparation and a surgical simulation.

NeuroMuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

The Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab combines experimental and computational approaches to study movement. We investigate the form and function of biomechanical systems ranging from molecular motors to persons with movement disorders. We seek fundamental understanding of the mechanisms involved in the production of movement, and are motivated by opportunities to improve treatments for individuals with cerebral palsy, stroke, osteoarthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

Director: Scott Delp (
Lab Meeting: Fridays, 12:30pm, Clark S-363 (

Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL)

The research activities of the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory focus on the function, degeneration and regeneration of articular cartilage and fibrocartilage, with an emphasis on understanding the complex interactions between biophysical and biochemical cues in controlling cell behavior. Our approach combines contemporary approaches from a variety of disciplines including experimental and theoretical mechanics, cell and tissue culture, imaging, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Director: Marc E. Levenston (
Lab Meeting: Wednesdays, 9:15am, Durand 247

Stanford Microsystems Laboratory

The Stanford Microsystems Lab includes a range of projects on micromachined sensors for system monitoring and modeling, development of novel processes and devices for measuring nanoscale mechanical behavior, and the analysis, design and control of integrated electro-mechanical systems. In the group there is a large focus on biomedical applications of nanofabricated devices with the goal of developing diagnostic tools, measurement and analysis systems, and reliable manufacture methods.

Director: Beth Pruitt (
Lab Meeting: Wednesdays, 12:00pm, Durand 247


Many BME Group activities and resources are associated with the Bone and Joint Rehabilitation R&D Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. This major national research center houses the Experimental Mechanics, Skeletal Biomechanics, Human Movement Testing and wet laboratories. In addition, the RR&D Center has computational and prototyping facilities. These facilities support graduate course work as well as student research activities.

Research is also conducted in various facilities throughout the School of Engineering and School of Medicine. In collaboration with our Medical School colleagues, biologically and clinically oriented work is conducted in various facilities throughout the Stanford Medical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.