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.

Chemomechanics of nanocomposite interfaces

We develop new computational models and experiments to characterize the chemomechanical evolution of nanoscale interphases in engineered materials.


Ming passes his Oral Qualifying Exam.

Ming passed his Oral Qualifying Exam, administered through Harvard-MIT…

VV Group has our first summer picnic.

VV Group had the first of our weekly summer lunches together.…

Cammie and Brandon receive a Lemelson-Vest Innovation Grant.

Congratulations to Brandon and Cammie for receiving a Lemelson-Vest…

Anna gives a talk at IdeaStream 2021.

Anna gave a talk at MIT Deshpande Center's IdeaStream 2021.…

Join Us

We will be accepting new graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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

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