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.


Welcome to rotation students Catherine, Xining, and Brandon.

We are delighted to welcome three rotation students to our group…

VV Group holds our first socially distant picnic.

To celebrate Alex and Daniela's graduation, the VV Group held…

Daniela defends her thesis!

Congratulations to Dr. Daniela Espinosa-Hoyos on her successful…

Krystyn gives a talk at the MIT Faculty Forum Online.

Krystyn gave a talk at the MIT Faculty Forum about her dual…

Join Us

We are accepting new graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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

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