Research in the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is currently focused on bone biomechanics, including cortical and trabecular bone as well as whole bone mechanics. Bone health issues, such as osteoporosis, are expected to affect 50% of Americans by the year 2010. Our current research is aimed at understanding the role of microdamage and increased mineralization on bone fracture. Understanding these issues is important for the development of treatments and for appropriate diagnosis of individuals at risk of osteoporotic fracture.
The Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is part of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. The department has established a focused graduate research group in the field of biomechanics and biomaterials in orthopaedics. A weekly bioengineering seminar series is presented by graduate students in the various research groups within the department.
The Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is also associated with the Notre Dame Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity. This center offers specialized degree programs aimed at the study of the relationships between biological, chemical, electrical, and mechanical processes at multiple scales. The institute sponsors specialized courses and seminars and research infrastructure aimed at solving these complex problems and improving insight into the synthesis of tissues, organs, and organisms.
For information on graduate study in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, consult the graduate studies site or contact Glen Niebur.