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EMBR Lab LogoIn the Experimental and theoretical Modeling for Biomechanical Research Lab (EMBR), my students and I are interested in understanding the mechanisms that relate the mechanical environment to the biological process of growth. We do so developing theoretical and numerical models that can describe and predict the behavior of biological systems, the so-called in silico studies. These mathematical models of soft biological tissues have already provided important insights into the development of multiple diseases (i.e. hypertension, aneurysms, heart failure, and cancer). We also perform in vitro testing of soft biological tissue, to inform our theoretical models and to test our theoretical assumptions.

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Research News

Grobbel M; Lewis MT; Tonson A; Wiseman RW; Roccabianca S. Remodeling of the Diabetic Urinary Bladder: A Comparison of an Obese and a Lean Animal Model of Type II Diabetes. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, Seven Springs, PA. June 25 – June 28, 2019 (Podium presentation, Presenter: Roccabianca S)
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Grobbel M; Hollander A; Dubay A; Flood ED; Alula K; Fink G; Watts S; Lee LC; Roccabianca S. Hypertension-Induced Changes in the Mechanical Behavior of the Left Ventricular Wall. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, Seven Springs, PA. June 25 – June 28, 2019 (Podium presentation, Presenter: Grobbel M)
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Tuttle T; Lujan H; DiCarlo S; Roccabianca S. Effects of Long Term Spinal Cord Injury on the Mechanical Behavior of the Urinary Bladder Extracellular Matrix. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, Seven Springs, PA. June 25 – June 28, 2019 (Podium presentation, Presenter: Tuttle T)
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Broemer E; Chen S; Scott J; Bush TR; Roccabianca S. Optimizing Non-Linear Mechanical Behavior of Soft Tissues in Finite Element Model of Human Thigh. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, Seven Springs, PA. June 25 – June 28, 2019 (Poster presentation, Presenter: Broemer E)
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Marissa Grobbel received best poster in: Mechanics and Structures at MSU's 2019 Engineering Graduate Research Symposium!
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