Chemomechanics at the cell-material interface

We explore the mechanisms by which the mechanical and biochemical properties of extracellular microenvironments modulate biological processes. We seek to leverage these mechanisms to improve upon cell therapy manufacturing.

Chemomechanics of complex gels

We explore chemomechanics in synthetic gels that either interface with biological cells, and thus serve as a tool to modulate cell environments; or are not intended as biomaterials, but serve as excellent physical models of such complex biopolymers.


Ekta and SMART CAMP Collegues Publish a Paper in Plos One

Ekta Makhija and collegues recently published a paper titled:…

Julia Dias joins the group as Lab Manager

Julia Dias joins the VVGroup as laboratory operations manager.…

The Lab Moves to NYC

The time has finally come for the lab to make its move! All…

The Team Visits NYC

The team makes its way to New York City to visit the lab's future…

Our Paper is Published in Scientific Reports

Our paper: 'Artificial axons as a biomimetic 3D myelination…

Join Us

We will be accepting new graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Admitted students who are interested in joining the group should reach out to Prof. Krystyn Van Vliet.

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