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[Illinois] GEM4 2012: Molecular Mechanics

By Wonmuk Hwang

Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

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Our objective is to educate researchers and graduate students about the fundamentals of cell and molecular biomechanics, and to provide an intense learning experience, and to facilitate interactions among engineers, biologists and clinicians. The goals are to help train a new generation of researchers with in-depth knowledge of mechanics and biology and to help engineers and biologists apply biomechanical approaches in biomolecular, cellular, tissue-level, animal model studies.


Dr. Hwang obtained a bachelor's degree in physics at Seoul National University (Korea, 1991) and a Ph. D. in theoretical condensed matter physics at Boston University (thesis advisor: Sidney Redner, 2001). He was a CSBi-Merck postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Center for Biomedical Engineering and Department of Biological Engineering (advisors: Roger D. Kamm and Shuguang Zhang) and worked on macromolecular self-assembly. He was also a full-time physics instructor at the Korea Military Academy (1995-1998). He joined the BME faculty at Texas A&M University in 2004.

The goal of Dr. Hwang's research is to understand how the cellular hardware works over multiple length and time scales that will provide foundations for a wide range of therapeutic and bioengineering applications.


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