BioInterfaces and Mechanobiology Laboratory
The Biointerfaces subgroup is investigating how molecular and surface forces affect biomolecular adhesion and protein adsorption at interfaces. Projects address biomaterial surface design, drug delivery coatings, sensor surface coatings, antifouling coatings, smart materials, and biomolecular recognition.
The Mechano-Biology subgroup investigates mechano-transduction in cells and tissues, in the context of tissue function and disease. This multi-disciplinary effort bridges protein biophysics, cell mechanics, and tissue engineering, to establish how mechanical cues instruct cell behavior in both mature tissues and in human disease. Current projects focus on mechanics in cardiovascular disease and skin diseases, in collaboration with clinicians and tissue engineers.
The Cell and Molecular Biophysics subgroup investigates how proteins transmit mechanical signals across cell membranes to alter cell functions. We are using atomistic simulations, single molecule force measurements, fluorescent biosensors, and intercellular adhesion measurements.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

We always welcome highly motivated undergraduate students to join our lab! Students with research experience are preferred.

Any open research projects and the person of contact are listed below. Include in your email a resume with your education background (major, GPA etc.), major courses taken and previous research experience etc.

No current projects at this time.

Group News

Congratulations to our stars!

Whitney Sinclair was the winner of the poster session competition at the UIUC Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) Symposium (April 2018).

Zully Perez received a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention (April 2018).

Whitney Sinclair received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (April 2018).

Dr. Samantha Barrick defended her PhD - congratulations! (November 2017)

Vinh Vu was awarded the best poster at the UIUC Biophysical Society graduate research session (October 2017)

Dr. Arka Dan defended his PhD! Best of luck in California with your new job (July 2017).

Samantha Barrick received the Josephine G. Geerdes Memorial Travel Award

Vinh Vu received the MCB Instructors Ranked as Excellent in Teaching Award (May 2017)

Jason Madinya was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Vinh Vu received a Honorable Mention (March 2017).

Zainab Rahil won a Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship ( Congratulations Zainab!

Dr. Lydia Kisley has received a 2016 Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship ( Congratulations Lydia!

Ellen Qin won an NSF fellowship (2016).

Arka Dan is a “Next Gen” Investigator Award winner and presented his research at the UIC Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration Research Day on Sept. 25, 2016.

Jun Wu received a 2015 Shen postdoctoral fellowship.


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