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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Science and Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering

PI: Victor H. Barocas, Fellow

Computational Biomechanics of Soft Tissues

Soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, cardiovascular tissues, and intervertebral discs, either in their native form or engineered replacements for them, are stiff and strong enough to maintain the integrity and function of the musculoskeletal, ocular, and cardiovascular systems, but at the same time compliant enough to allow motion. The Barocas group uses a combination of network and finite-element models to simulate and analyze tissues in health and disease. Specifically, they use MSI resources to perform multi-scale simulations of tissues, solving a mechanical network problem on the small scale and finite elements on the large scale. This work is computationally demanding and well suited to parallel simulation, making it ideal for MSI’s high-performance resources.

Group Members

Rouzbeh Amini, Graduate Student
Ram Balachandran, Graduate Student
Preethis Chandran, Graduate Student
Hossam M. El-Khalil, Graduate Student
Mike Evans, Graduate Student
Faisal Hadi, Graduate Student
Sarah Hunt, Graduate Student
Sara Jouzdani, Graduate Student
Victor Lai, Graduate Student
Spencer P. Lake, Research Associate
Xiaojnan Luo, SCOREC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
Michael T. Meloche, Staff
Tina M. Nagel, Undergraduate Student
Adam M. Novak, Supercomputing Institute Undergraduate Intern
Colleen Margaret O’Brien, Graduate Student
Alina Olteam, Undergraduate Student
Ramesh Raghupathy, Graduate Student
Edward A. Sander, Research Associate
Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos, Graduate Student
Masano Sugiyama, Graduate Student
Michael J. Swickrath, Research Associate
Margaret Thomas, Undergraduate Student
Julia Whitcomb, Graduate Student