From mechanobiology to developmentally inspired engineering, 2018

Topics: mechanical, tensegrity, organs-on-chips, tissue engineering

Authors: Donald Ingber


The field of mechanobiology emerged based on the recognition of the central role that physical forces play in development and physiology. In this article, which is based on a lecture I presented at the 2018 Royal Society meeting on Mechanics of Development, I review work from my laboratory carried out over the 40 years which helped to birth this field. I will also describe how we are leveraging the fundamental design principles that govern mechanoregulation to develop new experimental tools and organ-engineering approaches as well as novel mechanotherapeutics.This article is part of the Theo Murphy meeting issue ‘Mechanics of development’.

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