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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

September 06, 2022

Welcome Rafi!

MBL is excited to announce that we have a new student joining us! Rafi Kepecs graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cooper Union and is starting his Ph.D. here at Columbia. Welcome, Rafi!

August 28, 2022

Courtney publishes article in Journal of Biomechanics

Courtney just published her first first-author paper titled Bendable Osteochondral Allografts for Patellar Resurfacing: A Finite Element Analysis of Congruence. This paper discusses the potential to adapt patellar osteochondral allografts to conform to the recipient femur and uses FEBio to analyze this potential surgical intervention.

June 30, 2022

CV & Kim each present their research at SB3C

Congrats to CV & Kim for each giving a podium presentation at the 2022 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. 

CV presented their work on human wear titled "Frictional forces do not cause wear in human articular cartilage". Kim presented her work "Superficial zone chondrocytes can get compacted under physiological loading: a multiscale finite element analysis."

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