Taher Saif

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Professor Saif received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and Washington State University respectively. He received his PhD degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University. He conducted his post doctoral research on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems at the National NanoFabrication Facility and Electrical Engineering, Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His current research includes mechanics of neurons and cardiac cells, development of biological machines, tumor micro environment, and electro-thermo-mechanical behavior of nano scale metals and semiconductors. He showed, for the first time, using embryonic fruit flies, that motor neurons generate tensile force within two ours of synaptogenesis. This force is essential in clustering neurotransmitter vesicles at the pre-synaptic terminal. Hence, the force may play a critical role in memory and learning in animals.


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Last Updated: 12/21/2020