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 05, 2023

CV, Katie, Kim and Rafi each present their research at SB3C

Congrats to the whole lab for presenting at the 2023 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference in Vail, Colorado. 

CV gave a podium presentation on human wear titled "Synovial Fluid Provides A Protective Effect In Articular Cartilage Fatigue Failure," which sparked dialogue amongst labs studying cartilage lubrication and wear. This was Rafi's first conference, and he presented on "Thermodynamics of Phase Transformation of Water: Theory and Experiments," providing experimental validation for a novel thermodynamic framework for phase transformations. 

April 12, 2023

Congrats to Dr. Courtney Peterson!

Courtney successfully defended her thesis titled "Analysis of bendable osteochondral allograft treatment and investigations of articular cartilage wear mechanics." Courtney's expertise and presence will sorely be missed in the MBL lab, but we're looking forward to all of her accomplishments ahead. Congrats Courtney!

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