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.