2.797J / 3.053J / 6.024J / 20.310J Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics

As taught in: Fall 2006

Diagram of cellular tissue.

The focal adhesion complex. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare.)




Prof. Matthew Lang

Prof. Roger D. Kamm

Course Features

Course Description

This course develops and applies scaling laws and the methods of continuum mechanics to biomechanical phenomena over a range of length scales. Topics include structure of tissues and the molecular basis for macroscopic properties; chemical and electrical effects on mechanical behavior; cell mechanics, motility and adhesion; biomembranes; biomolecular mechanics and molecular motors. The class also examines experimental methods for probing structures at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.