14th International Symposium on the Mechanics of Biological Systems and Materials


SEM Biological Systems and Materials Technical Division:

  • Karen Kasza, Chair— Columbia University
  • Jonathan Estrada, Vice Chair — University of Michigan
  • Alexander McGhee, Secretary— University of Wisconsin, Madison

This symposium is aimed at providing a forum to foster the exchange of ideas and information among scientists and engineers involved in the research and analysis of how mechanical forces interact with the structure, properties, and function of living organisms, microbes, and biological materials. The scope includes experimental, imaging, computational, and mathematical techniques and tools spanning various length and time scales. This symposium, now in its 14th year at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, provides a venue where state-of-the-art experimental methods can be leveraged in the study of biomechanics and mechanobiology. A major goal of the symposium is for participants to collaborate in forming fundamental questions and developing new techniques to address bio-inspired problems in society, human health, and the natural world. The symposium is soliciting abstracts for cutting-edge research on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Cellular Force Generation and Mechanotransduction
  • Experimental Techniques in Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
  • Injury Biomechanics
  • Mechanics of Biofabricated and Engineered Living Materials
  • Microbe and Biofilm Mechanics
  • Multiscale Mechanics of Biological Materials
  • Time-dependent Behavior of Biological Materials