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Ellen Kuhl

Ellen Kuhl

Professor
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
habil., TU Kaiserslautern (2004)
Ph.D., University of Stuttgart (2000)
M.S., Leibniz University of Hanover (1995)
B.S., Leibniz University of Hanover (1993)

I am a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and by courtesy, Bioengineering and Cardiothoracic Surgery. My area of professional expertise is living matter physics, the creation of theoretical models and computational tools to predict the acute and chronic behavior of living systems. My specific interest is the multiscale modeling of growth, the study of how living matter adapts its form and function to changes in mechanical loading, and how this adaptation can be traced back to molecular and cellular events. Growth can be natural, through abnormally high pressure, stress, or strain, or interventional, through implants, prostheses, or grafts. Combining theories of applied mathematics, biophysics, and continuum mechanics, my lab has specialized in predicting the evolution of form and function in living structures using personalized custom-designed finite element models. For the brain, our models serve as diagnostic and predictive tools for wide variety of neurological conditions including lissencephaly, polymicrogyria, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease.