Biophysics Laboratory

Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Missouri-Columbia

    Our research is focused on the physical mechanisms in cell and developmental biology. In particular we study (both experimentally and by computer modeling) the biomechanical (i.e viscoelastic)  properties of cells and tissues and their relevance to morphogenetic shape transformations. Current activity is concentrated on the application of these physical mechanisms to "organ printing" a fundamentally new approach to tissue engineering, whereby, spherical cell aggregates  with composition appropriate for the particular organ (the bioink) are delivered (with a modified ink-jet printer) acccording to the organ's anatomical blueprint into biocompatible scaffolding gels (the paper). To learn about us and our research projects, please follow the links above.

    Dedicated bioprinting website at:

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