Welcome to the Bone Biology and Mechanics Lab

Welcome to the Bone Biology and Mechanics Lab (BBML) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). We here at the BBML are committed to improving our understanding of how our body works through innovative research. Specifically, we take a materials science approach towards studying the mechanical properties of bone and tendon at multiple length scales, from the nanoscale structure of collagen and mineral to the whole bone and tendon on the macroscale.

Bone Hierarchy

The long term goal of the lab is to elucidate structure/function relationships of collagen-based tissues such as bone, tendon, and teeth by understanding how changes in mechanical properties, composition and structural organization at different length scales relate to one another. This knowledge will provide new targets for detecting and treating disease as well as allowing us to more fully understand the effects of mechanical stimulation in these tissues. Our research is currently funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at IUPUI.

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