Intrigued about wood cutting larvae? See our work in JMBBM titled “Cutting mechanics of wood by beetle larval mandibles”.
(a) Bi-axial stretcher (b) Material characterization
(a) Traction Force Microscopy (b) Cells under Stretch
Mechanics of Cutting and Steering of Insect Probes
Research interests in the laboratory mainly lie in the broad areas of tissue biomechanics, cell mechanobiology and biomaterials & biomimetics. At the scale of tissues, we use methods in nonlinear mechanics and viscoelasticity to quantify the properties of tissues, hydrogels, and bioinspired materials that undergo large deformations. In mechanobiology we use experiments and modelling approaches to quantify cell adhesions and migrations. Insects and mechanisms used by them to puncture and steer probes through substrates are a source of fascination that we also study.
The lab is featured in the current issue of Kernel!
Siddharth Jaddivada's work on cell-substrate interactions is posted to biorXiv. Congratulations! Forging along to thesis submission next!
Welcome to Siddiq Abubaker and Supreeth M to the lab. Siddiq is jointly advised by Prof. Deepak Saini and is in the Biosystems Science and Engineering department. Supreeth is registered in the Mechanical Engineering department.