Cell mechanics deals with the description and evaluation of mechanical properties of cells and cellular structures, as well as the mechanical interactions between cells and their environment. These properties and interactions control the shape, proliferation and motility of cells and thus the generation and maintenance of cell and tissue architecture. Alterations in the mechanical properties or interactions may cause changes in cell and tissue architecture, eventually leading to functional adaptation or pathological conditions.
We investigate the effects of mechanical loading on cells originating from cardiac or skeletal muscle tissue and blood vessels using experimental techniques and numerical modelling.
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