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.


VV Group goes kayaking.

VV Group went on our summer outing this weekend! We kayaked…

Krystyn and Ming present at the Biomanufacturing @ MIT CBI Research Seminar.

Krystyn and Ming gave a talk entitled 'Growing the Cell Therapy…

SMART CAMP is featured on MIT News.

MIT News published an article about SMART CAMP's development…

Anna is interviewed for MIT News.

Anna was featured in MIT News' 3 Questions. Read the full article…

Ming passes his Oral Qualifying Exam.

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

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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