October 3, 2023 New Mechanical Engineering Faculty: Yunus Alapan Written By: Caitlin Scott Departments: Mechanical Engineering Categories: Faculty Yunus Alapan will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an Assistant Professor in January 2024! Incoming Assistant Professor Yunus Alapan Alapan will establish the Bio-integrated Robotics Lab at UW-Madison. His research group works at the interface of robotics, microtechnology and bioengineering, developing soft micro-robots inspired by nature for healthcare applications. The overarching theme of Alapan’s Lab will focus on bionic cellular and tissue robots for size-matched and spatiotemporally resolved physical and biochemical manipulation of cells and tissues, with applications in in vitro disease modeling, therapeutic cell and tissue manufacturing and targeted drug delivery. Alapan earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2016. He is currently a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences.