Guest Speaker


Multiscale Mechano-Medicine: from Mechanobiology to Tissue-Interfacing Stimulating Medical Devices


Dr. Sungmin Nam


Cambridge, MA


Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 11:45:00 AM   


MRDC Building, Room 4211


Dr. Ankur Singh


Many human health problems are associated with alteration of tissue mechanics and often require mechanical stimulation to promote the healing process. While it is now well established that the mechanics of the cellular microenvironment regulate various biological processes, most studies have focused only on the effect of stiffness, leaving other mechanical parameters such as viscoelasticity unexplored. In addition, a large gap still remains between fundamental mechanobiological research and translational medicine. My talk will focus on how we can leverage mechanobiology for translational medicine from the cellular level to the tissue/animal level.


Dr. Nam is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University supported by the Wyss Technology Development fellowship. He received his Ph.D. (2019) and M.S. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He obtained his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University in 2013. His research lies at the interface of mechanics, mechanobiology, and soft robotics, covering a broad range of biological scales from cells to tissues/animals to develop the next generation of mechano-medicine. He has authored/co-authored publications in many high-profile journals, including Nature Materials, Nature Physics, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, PNAS, and Science Advances. He has also been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Matter Symposium (UChicago & UCSD), the Baxter Young Investigator Award (Baxter), and Innovators Under 35 Korea (MIT Technology Review).


Refreshments will be served.