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Research in cell, tissue & device mechanics and engineering involves the derivation of new materials using biological components (or inspired by biological mechanisms) and the development and application of engineered materials that interface with biology by exploiting biological or biology-like functionalities. UCSB researchers are harnessing biology for: engineering biomaterials and biointerfaces; cell and tissue engineering; biofabrication; biosensors; understanding the biophysics, structure and function of living matter. Applications include the design of biosensors, tissue chips for modeling human physiology in a dish, and genetically engineered systems and cells enabling optogenetic control of signaling pathways.

Affiliated Faculty

Professor, Wilcox Family Chair in BioMedicine
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Human stem cell research; Molecular mechanisms of stem cell differentiation; Derivation of ocular cells from stem cells; Soft tissue regeneration.
Assistant Professor
Chemical Engineering
The goal of our lab is to develop novel single-cell sequencing technologies to understand how variability in the epigenome regulates gene expression heterogeneity and cell fate decisions.
Professor, Physics
Research interests of our group are primarily experimental, and span both equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Our research aims at developing bio-inspired strategies to control and sense fluid flows at small scales, combining fluid dynamics, soft matter and biology.
Associate Director, Biological Engineering
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
In-vivo molecular measurements, anyone?
Director, Biological Engineering
Professor of ME, and BMSE
The Pruitt Lab studies how mechanics mediates biological signaling using microtechnologies for cellular mechanobiology and mechanical measurements.
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering biomaterials to probe questions in mechanobiology.
Assistant Professor
We use ideas and concepts from physics, computer science, and mathematics to ask how embryos get in shape, and how organs function.
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program
Mechanical Engineering
Haptics, Robotics, Tactile Sensing, Soft Electronics, Soft Robotics, Bioinspired Systems, Computational Acoustics
Assistant Professor
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
We use photo-switchable proteins from plants to understand and control complex cellular behaviors.