Chancellor’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
Keywords: mechanics, materials
Research Areas: bioengineering, biomechanics of bone, orthopaedic biomechanics, tissue engineering of bone, mechanical behavior of bone and collagen, bone biology,osteoporosis, finite element modeling, biomechanical testing
The Berkeley Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, was established in 1993 with three broad goals: 1) to educate students in performing independent, high-quality research in orthopaedic biomechanics; 2) to apply the principles of engineering mechanics to understand basic biological processes and mechanisms related to the structure and function of bone; and 3) to apply the principles of mechanical engineering to the design, analysis, and development of bone-prosthetic systems. Congruent with our emphasis on collaboration, our laboratory is closely associated with the medical school at UCSF (particularly the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery) with which we have a number of ongoing joint projects. This collaboration provides input from surgeons, radiologists, biologists and other bioengineers, and provides our students with first-hand experience in various clinical aspects of biomechanics.