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Mechanical Engineering Research

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Our biomechanics research focuses on a wide range of human-health-related topics, integrating cutting-edge research in mechanics with cell and tissue biology across many scales in time and space: soft tissue damage around joints and the brain; analyzing complex, patient-specific cardiovascular flows; and enhancing patient care and life quality through advanced robotic devices, wearable sensors, movement models, and neural interfaces.

We work in dynamic, interdisciplinary teams, drawing in advances in mechanics, computer vision, neuroscience, computational science, cell biology, and medicine.


Faculty affiliates

Laboratories and Centers

Peter Adamczyk

Peter Adamczyk


The Biomechatronics, Assistive Devices, Gait Engineering and Rehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW BADGER Lab) applies scientific and engineering principles to promote quantitative assessment, restored function, and physical recovery after orthopedic or neurological injury.

Prof Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone

Crone Research Group

Professor Crone studies biomechanics at the cellular and multicellular scales. Her lab has developed a platform that allows the production of a range of micropatterns on substrates of varying stiffness to study cardiomyocytes (CMs) and skeletal muscle cells differentiated from stem cells.

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Melih Eriten

Eriten Research Group

The Eriten Research Group conducts research that involves the study of Contact Mechanics, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Advanced Modeling and Simulations. Laboratory activity focuses on a Multiscale approach involving the following three areas: Materials modeling, Experiments and diagnostics, and System identification and modeling.

Christian Franck

Christian Franck

Franck Lab

The Franck Lab is an experimental mechanics laboratory specializing in the development of new experimental techniques at the micro- and nanoscale. Their goal is to provide unprecedented full-field 3D access to real-time imaging and deformation measurements in complex soft matter and cellular systems.

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The Physics-bAsed Neutralization of Threats to Human tissuEs and oRgans (PANTHER) Program is an interdisciplinary research hub based at UW-Madison focused on the understanding, detection, and prevention of traumatic brain injuries.

Prof. Corinne Henak

Corinne Henak

Henak Lab

The central hypothesis of the Henak Lab is that the tissue-scale mechanical environment can be used to understand and predict orthopedic diseases.  To address this hypothesis, the Henak Lab uses a combination of multiscale experimental and computational techniques.

Jacob Notbohm

Jacob Notbohm

Notbohm Research Group

The Notbohm Research Group studies mechanics of soft materials. Current areas of interest are in mechanics of fibrous materials, cell-matrix interactions, and collective cell migration. This work draws on the fields of engineering mechanics, soft matter physics, applied math, and cell biology.

Alejandro Roldán-Alzate

Alejandro Roldán-Alzate

Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

The UW Cardiovascular Fluid Dynamics Laboratory focuses its research on fluid dynamics analysis of physiological and pathological flows using a combination of medical imaging, additive manufacturing, and computational fluid dynamics.

Josh Roth

Josh Roth

Biomedical Advances in Medicine Lab

The mission of the Biomedical Advances in Medicine Lab is to enhance personalized treatments of musculoskeletal injuries and disease. This mission is motivated by need to account for the wide patient-to-patient variability that is not always considered in standard treatments.

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Shiva Rudraraju

Computational Mechanics and Multiphysics Group

The Computational Mechanics and Multiphysics Group models emergent phenomena in materials (structural and biological) that are driven by mechanics and multiphysics. Microstructural evolution, patterning processes and bifurcations are of special interest.

Prof Darryl Thelen

Darryl Thelen

UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

The UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory conducts research on the biomechanics and neuromuscular coordination of human movement, with applications in orthopedics and rehabilitation.