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 fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, and tissue engineering. A weekly bioengineering seminar series is presented by graduate students in the various research groups within the department.
For information on graduate study in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, consult the graduate studies site or contact Glen Niebur.