Program in Translational Biomechanics

Welcome to the Program in Translational Biomechanics (PTB)

Richard K. Assoian, Ph.D., Director

The Program in Translational Biomechanics fosters interactions between Penn and ITMAT partner faculty, students, and post-doctoral scientists interested in translational mechanobiology and supports collaborations leading to new multi-investigator grants.

Components of the Program

I. Educational component

  1. Graduate coursework: The program supports graduate education through the Biomedical Graduate Studies at Penn. Program faculty have directed and taught in courses focusing on the extracelluar matrix, adhesion receptors, and translational biomechanics. Limited financial support for "outside" lecturers is available.
  2. Journal-data club: The Program supports a bi-weekly journal and data club, which fosters regular interactions between faculty, post-docs and graduate students interested in cell and translational biomechanics.
  3. Training Grants: The Program will support existing and developing training grants in translational biomechanics. This could take the form of travel awards or matching funds for short-term extensions of training grant personnel.

II. Research Component

  1. Biomechanics Core Facility: This ITMAT supported core provides the following services:
    • custom-designed ECM-coated polyarylamide hydrogels,
    • second harmonic generation (SHG) 2-photon microscopy,
    • and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
    See the Biomechanics Core webpage for descriptions and details.
  2. Infrastructure support: The PTB has limited funding to support research infrastructure relevant to translational biomechanics. Requests must be made by the PTB members and document the important of the support for the general membership of the PTB. Requests to support the research of individual labs are not considered.

Penn faculty and ITMAT member interested in PTB membership should contact Richard Assoian at assoian@mail.med.upenn.edu