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Insigneo Seminar: mechanobiology

Thursday, 11 July, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST

We are delighted to announce a joint seminar on mechanobiology with Dr David Pierce (University of Connecticut), Professor Anne Robertson (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr Namrata Gundiah (Indian Institute of Science) on Thursday 11 July 2019.


  • 4:00 – 4:30 – Dr David Pierce ‘virtual cartilage – toward translational applications’
  • 4:30-5:00 – Dr Namrata Gundiah ‘ Stress fiber growth and remodeling determines cellular morphomechanics under uniaxial cyclic stretch’
  • 5:00-5:30 – Professor Anne Robertson ‘Growth and remodeling in the bladder wall during aging and disease: Mechanisms and potential treatments’
  • 5:30-6:00 – Refreshments

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/insigneo-seminar-mechanobiology-tickets-62351656483

About David Pierce

Dr. Pierce received the B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (with S.D. Sheppard) from Stanford University, CA, all in mechanical engineering. Additionally, he received a Ph.D.-Minor degree in mathematics from Stanford University and completed his Habilitation (Venia Legendi) in experimental and computational biomechanics (with G.A. Holzapfel) at the Graz University of Technology in Austria. The driving interest of Dr. Pierce’s research is to understand and predict the mechanics of soft tissues and engineering materials. His current work employs theoretical, computational, and experimental tools to explore the interplay of form and function in cartilage, specifically the multiscale and multi-phase mechanics and how these evolve in health, damage, and disease. To this end, Dr. Pierce’s Interdisciplinary Mechanics Laboratory (imLab, im.engr.uconn.edu) establishes novel experimental protocols and builds validated simulation tools that inform our understanding of the mechanics of cartilage, the complex progression of osteoarthritis, and clinical perspectives on causes, treatments, and possible preventions. His other work encompasses characterization and modeling of arteries and intraluminal thrombi and, in collaboration with A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, failure prediction and design tools for Si-based MEMS devices.

About Anne Robertson

Professor Robertson is William Kepler Whiteford Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). Her research is focused on understanding the relationship between biological structure and mechanical function of soft tissues with a particular focus on vascular tissues and bladder wall. She directs a multi-institution program on cerebral aneurysms that is supported by the NIH and is a standing member of the NIH Study Section- Emerging Imaging Technologies in Neuroscience. She is founding Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at Pitt, which takes the lead in developing and implementing programs to enhance the effectiveness of Pitt engineering junior faculty in building outstanding academic careers. She earned her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

About Namrata Gundiah

Dr Gundiah earned her M.Sc. (Physics) from Department of Physics, University of Pune, an M.S. and Ph.D. both in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She did postdoctoral work at University of California, San Francisco and joined the Indian Institute of Science in November, 2008 where she currently works as an Associate Professor. She is a recipient of the Ramanujan fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, the Constance Tipper Silver medal awarded by the International Congress on Fracture, and is on the Editorial board of Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, and Frontiers, Cell Adhesion and Migration. Her main research interests are in tissue mechanics and cell mechanobiology.


We thank EPSRC Soft Tissue Mechanics Centre, SofTMech, for providing financial support towards this seminar.


Thursday, 11 July
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Alfred Denny Building Conference Room
Alfred Denny Building, Western Bank, University of Sheffield
Sheffield, S10 2TN United Kingdom
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