Mechanobiology is the study of the interrelationship between force and cell biology. At Penn State, we explore this phenomenon at the molecular level by understanding the force effects on molecular motors, membranes, cytoskeleton, and receptor-ligand binding. At the cellular level we construct models of cell mechanics, and develop methods to assay changes in cell biology with application of force. At the tissue and organ level, investigators at Penn State explore properties of blood and force effects on blood vessels, bones, and physiological systems such as the heart and the microcirculation.

Key Faculty

Biomedical Engineering



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614