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The Tissue Mechanics Laboratory is now housed in Notre Dame's new biomedical
engineering research facility.
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.
Thomas Metzger has been awarded a one year Whitaker Foundation fellowship
to work with our collaborator Laoise McNamara in Galway, Ireland. He was also
named a Fulbright Fellow.
Tom's research will focus on mechanosensors in bone marrow cells.