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The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory (MBL) was established under the direction of Gerard A. Ateshian in 1996. Professor Ateshian has a joint appointment in Columbia's Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and he recruits students from both programs. Initially, the MBL's research focused principally on cartilage mechanics and lubrication. Starting in the late 1990s, a strong collaborative effort was established with Prof. Clark Hung's Cellular Engineering Laboratory in the areas of cartilage tissue engineering and cell mechanics. More recently, the research efforts of the MBL have expanded toward modeling of solute transport and growth processes in biological tissues; the development of computational tools that can address these mechanisms; and the extension of insights gained from musculoskeletal studies to cardiovascular tissues and reproductive cells. The MBL's fundamental philosophy is that major scientific breakthroughs can be achieved in biomedical engineering by judiciously combining theoretical analyses with experimental studies.

Recent News

June 18, 2021

SB3C 2021 - Virtual Conference

On the week of June 14 - 18, Kim, CV, and Katie presented their recent work at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference. Like last year, the 2021 conference was held virtually.


Kim presented her work, Crosslinking of collagen across cartilage tears for improved interface strength., before a live Zoom audience. This was Kim's first conference presentation!

April 06, 2021

Congrats to Dr. Jay Shim!

Jay successfully defended his thesis titled "A Multiphasic-Fluid-Structure Interaction Formulation Based on Mixture Theory and Its Finite Element Implementation in FEBio." The last year of Jay's PhD has been remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop him from completing his thesis work and defending! Congrats Jay!

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