The mechanical microenvironment of cells plays a critical role in regulating a broad range of cell behaviors, from development and healing to degradation and disease. Unraveling and controlling these is a critical need for the mechanics community. Engineering hetero-geneous and dynamic cell mechanical micro-environments is a major focus of the field. Studies on mechanobiology and cell mechanotrans-duction have greatly enriched our knowledge and provided potential molecular targets for clinical mechanotherapies and agricultural mechano-protectants.

The symposium will address the most important questions in this filed, including:

·         Biomimetic and micro-/nano-engineered materials for simulating cell micro-environments

·         Characterization of microenvironments

·         Predictive models for cell mechanobiology

·         Applications of the engineering of the cell mechanical microenvironment

Confirmed Speakers



Linhong Deng

Changzhou University, China 

Yanan Du

Tsinghua University, China  

Adam Jeffrey Engler

University of California, the USA

Xiqiao Feng

Tsinghua University, China 

X. Edward Guo

Columbia University, the USA; Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Baohua Ji

Zhejiang University, China 

Hongyuan Jiang

University of Science and Technology of China, China  

Chwee Teck Lim

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Mian Long

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 

Patrick McGarry

National University of Ireland, Ireland

Thao Do Phuong Nguyen

Johns Hopkins, the USA

Xinghua Shi

The National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China 

Stavros Thomopoulos

Columbia University, the USA

Ning Wang

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, the USA

Yingxin QiShanghai Jiaotong University, China
Jin Qian

Zhejiang University, China

Jizeng Wang

Lanzhou University, China

Yonggang LvChongqing University, China
Yuntao XiaUniversity of Pennsylvania, the USA
Tianjian Lu
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Feng Xu
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Fei Li
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
Guy M. Genin
Washington University, the USA

IUTAM Symposium on
Mechanical Environments of Living Cells

Jun. 28th-30th , 2018, Xi’an, China