This course is a graduate level course focused on mechanobiology at the cellular level.  The course includes a basic refresher on cell biology and functions and the role of cell components in the mechanics of movement, reproduction and maintaining cell shape.  Mechanotransduction, the process by which cells sense mechanical cues and respond to them will be covered in detail.

This is a required course offered to mechanical engineering students.  The course deals with atomic structure, crystal structure, mechanical properties of materials such as metals, polymers, ceramics and composite materials, phase diagrams, heat treatment and engineering applications of these materials.

The course deals with the fundamentals concepts stress and strain analyses of composite materials.  Various composite models are presented and stress and strain analyses are described.  The design of laminate composites based on the application is elaborated.  Failure mechanisms in composite materials are discussed.

Study of tissue engineering applied to biomedical systems. Review of quantitative cell and tissue biology, cell and tissue characterization, engineering methods and design, and clinical implementation.  Discussion of cells and their behavior, followed by the effect of external stimuli on cells.  The properties of the extracellular matrix will be studied.  Specific cases of vascular tissue engineering, cartilage tissue engineering and bone engineering will be studied. The implications of using stem cells for tissue engineering will be discussed.