Biomechanics & Mechanobiology Track


     Biomedical engineers have long studied the performance of humans as mechanical objects and evaluated the role of mechanical forces on human function. Some engineers who are interested in biomechanics study the role of forces (produced by exercise, work conditions, or the activities of normal life) on tissue physiology or human performance. Others are interested in the consequences of mechanical injury and the design of better ways to protect the consequences of mechanical injury and the design of better ways to protect humans from mechanical forces by the design of seat belts or helmets, for example. Still others examine the ways that diseases affect the mechanical performances of tissues such as the heart of the ability of humans to move after loss of mechanical function in their bones or control of muscles. Of course, biomedical engineers have been leaders in the design of mechanical replacements for hips, joints, heart valves, and organs.
   As biology advances, the role of biomechanical analysis continues to expand. Biomedical engineers are studying the mechanical function of cells, for example, by studying the mechanics of cell movement through circulation or cell motility through tissues. Structural proteins within cells, such as the proteins that make muscle cells contract or the proteins that regulate cell division, also operate as mechanical objects, and biomedical engineers are leading the effort to understand how these systems work.

Track-Specific Courses

MENG 185a or b, Mechanical Design

MENG 280a, Mechanical Engineering I: Strength and Deformation of Mechanical Elements

MENG 361a, Mechanical Engineering II: Fluid Mechanics

BENG 404b / MENG 404b, Medical Device Design and Innovation

BENG 406b, Medical Software Design

BENG 410a, Physical and Chemical Basis of Bioimaging and Biosensing

BENG 434a, Biomaterials

BENG 453, Continuum Biomechanics

BENG 455b, Vascular Mechanics

BENG 456b, Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics 

BENG 457, Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

ENG 458b, Multiscale Models of Biomechanical Systems 


Real schedules from past students on this track will be added soon