TRD 1: Force Microscope Technologies
The mechanical properties of biological fluids and tissues are of central importance to the structural integrity, function, and response of organisms. The rigidity of blood clots, the rheology of mucus, the mechanics of cartilaginous tissue, and role of mechanical stress in cell motility and morphogenesis are examples of active areas research with far reaching biomedical implications. Within CISMM we are developing new force characterization technologies for molecular, cellular and cell culture studies for the basic science of biology and for biomedical studies. These systems include instrumentation for single specimens and for high throughput studies.