ME 690 - Cell Mechanics
This course is designed to introduce the students to the theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding the architecture and mechanics of cellular biology. Emphasis is placed on the mechanical analysis of cytoskeletal filaments, membranes and adhesions as well as the various instrumentation tools used for in vitro characterization of these cell components and phenomena. Also explored are the various models used to describe cell mechanics and the role of converting a mechanical perturbation into a biological cell response, i.e. mechanotransduction in normal physiology. Knowledge of basic cell biology is not assumed and will be systematically reviewed.
ME 691 - CAD Aided Tissue Engineering
Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering is designed for engineering students interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to implement enabling computer-aided tools for medical implant design, manufacturing and tissue engineering applications. The students will be introduced to topics on how engineering and biology intersect in biomedical implant design and manufacturing. The 3D modeling, image-based reconstruction and analysis exercises will prepare the student with hands-on sessions on state-of-the-art software and hardware technologies used by leading medical device companies and by the tissue engineering research community. No knowledge in biology is required for this course.