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

PI: Victor H. Barocas, Fellow

Multiscale Soft-Tissue Biomechanics

This group focuses on the application of multiscale mechanical principles to the study of soft tissues with significant collagen content, including tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and engineered tissues. They use a two-scale code that treats the tissue as a continuous medium but is informed by the structure and mechanics of the underlying collagen network. Current projects focus on multiscale mechanics of collagen gels, statistical biomechanics of the glomerular basement membrane, and fluid-solid interactions in ocular flows.

Group Members

Rouzbeh Amini, Graduate Student
Ram Balachandran, Graduate Student
Preethis Chandran, Graduate Student
Eric Christiansen, Undergraduate Student
Amy Claeson, Graduate Student
Hossam M. El-Khalil, Graduate Student
Mike Evans, Graduate Student
Christina Frey, Graduate Student
Lazarina Gyoneva, Graduate Student
Faisal Hadi, Graduate Student
Benjamin Halbach, Supercomputing Institute Undergraduate Intern
Sarah Hunt, Graduate Student
Jeff Hyypio, Supercomputing Institute Undergraduate Intern
Sara Jouzdani, Graduate Student
Victor Lai, Graduate Student
Xiaojnan Luo, SCOREC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
Spencer P. Lake, Research Associate
Michael T. Meloche, Staff
Tina M. Nagel, Undergraduate Student
Adam M. Novak, Undergraduate Student
Colleen Margaret O’Brien, Graduate Student
Ramesh Raghupathy, Graduate Student
Edward A. Sander, Research Associate
Prachi Sheth, Undergraduate Student
Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos, Graduate Student
Masano Sugiyama, Graduate Student
Margaret Thomas, Undergraduate Student
Mayank Tyagi, Undergraduate Student
Sarah M. Vanderheiden, Undergraduate Student
Hallie Wagner, Research Associate
Julia Whitcomb, Graduate Student