Biomechanics & Mechanobiology
Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems by means of the methods of mechanics and is a prominent area of research in the TCBE. Deciphering how tissue structure has evolved to withstand complex mechanical loading scenarios will reveal new insights to repair or replace damaged tissue. Furthermore, understanding how these tissues sense and adapt to these mechanical environments, i.e. the study of mechanobiology, will better inform tissue engineering approaches and may reveal novel targets to enhance repair. Active projects in the TCBE range from fundamental mechanical characterisation of tissues such as muscle, cartilage, bone, blood vessels in both healthy and diseased tissues, to using custom bioreactors to mimic the complex mechanical environment of human tissue in vitro, enabling the study of how cells sense and respond to a biophysical stimulus. Utilising the principles revealed by these fundamental studies will aid the design and development of next generation medical devices and regenerative strategies.