[Illinois] GEM4 2012: Cell Mechanosensing: A Step by Step Process

By Michael Sheetz

Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY

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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.


Hailing from Columbia University, Prof Michael Sheetz has more than 40 years' experience in the biomedical field. Introduced to Singapore by Prof Hew Choy Leong of the National University of Singapore's Department of Biological Sciences, Prof Sheetz was sought to lead an RCE project. This resulted in a two-year effort to organise and submit a proposal on Mechanobiology where Prof Sheetz set the theme and direction of the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI). As Executive Director of the MBI, he will be spending nine months a year in Singapore to oversee the Institute's programmes.

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