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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Biomechanics and Biofabrication

artificial hand reproducing gripping movements

Human biomechanics is a dynamic and growing field of study, in which Rutgers is at the forefront. Emerging technologies such as CAD and simulation software, 3D printing and related biofabrication methods, microfluidics, and nano- and molecular technologies are enabling revolutionary new solutions for restoring human mobility. We exploit these advances to extend the frontiers of knowledge and technology for the betterment of mankind. Our close collaboration with the Rutgers Medical School, hospitals, and clinics yields breakthroughs that are immediately relevant and translate into practical solutions for patients.
Rutgers BME has a track record of sustained research impact in areas that include spine and neurally active prostheses. "DextraHand", the world’s first multi-finger prosthesis, was developed here, as were artificial muscles as prosthetic actuators. Current research spans investigations into the mechanics of blood clots to the development of novel biomaterials that can be braided into ligaments or injected to replace cartilage. Additional work seeks to introduce vaccines and therapeutic genes into the body safely and effectively using mechanical suction (“cupping”).

Research Clusters

Cell and Tissue Mechanics

Associated Faculty: Joseph FreemanNoshir LangranaAdrian MannDavid ShreiberValerie Tutwiler

Microfluidic Mimics of Physiological Systems

Associated Faculty: Maribel VazquezMartin YarmushJeffrey Zahn

Mechanisms of Acupuncture

Associated Faculty: Helen BuettnerDavid ShreiberValerie Tutwiler