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Research interests in the laboratory mainly lie in the broad areas of tissue biomechanics, cell mechanobiology and biomaterials & biomimetics. The overall goals include applying methods in mechanics to understand and quantify biological systems. At the scale of tissues, we use methods in nonlinear mechanics, viscoelasticity, and poroelasticity to quantify the properties of naturally occurring biomaterials and those fabricated using synthetic polymers. Specific systems of interest lie in arterial mechanics and in insect based biomaterials. We use advanced imaging techniques, molecular biology tools and mechanical characterization in our studies.

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OPEN POSITIONS

1) Project Assistant position for work in the area of mechanobiology and tissue engineering. Preferable qualifications include a Master's degree in mechanics, or bioengineering with an interest in soft matter physics. Interested candidates may please send me an email with their recent CV.

Contact : Dr. Namrata Gundiah, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore -560012

Tel : +91 80 2293 2860/3366

Email : namrata_AT_mecheng.iisc.ernet.in : ngundiah_AT_gmail.com

2) Ph.D. position for a joint project with Dr Paul Watton titled "Integrative In vitro and In silico Modelling of Arterial Mechanobiology for Health and Disease" (advert). This is a DST-UKIERI joint project between the two labs.

NEWS

1. June 25, 2014: Congratulations to Anju Babu for the WCB, DST and CSIR travel grants to attend the World Congress on Biomechanics meeting in Boston. She will present her work on "Failure mechanisms during dissection of human ascending aorta".

2. May 30, 2014. Lakshminath's nice work on "Biomechanics of Substrate Boring by Fig Wasps" has been featured by several news outlets and is the Editor's choice paper in Journal of Experimental Biology. A few of the links are included below. Check them out!

BBC News, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, AAAS Science Update, Hindu newspaper, Txchnologist, ABC Science, Inside JEB, and many more sites.