The Cardiac Biomechanics Group focuses on the interactions between mechanics, function, and growth and remodeling in the heart. The mechanical properties of normal and diseased myocardium are important determinants of overall heart function. These mechanical properties change during growth, remodeling or disease, often in part as a response to changes in the mechanical environment. Our group studies this interplay between mechanical environment, tissue response, and heart function, not only to better understand the basis for heart disease but also to identify new opportunities to intervene.
News & Events:
Arlynn joins the lab!
Arlynn Baker is joining the CBG as a PhD student after receiving her BS in mechanical engineering from Western Carolina University.
Aligning Our Expectations
Laura published her paper titled Surgical Reinforcement Alters Collagen Alignment and Turnover in Healing Myocardial Infarcts in the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Dr. Holmes receives the Van C. Mow Medal
Dr. Holmes received a prestigious mid-career award and also gave an associated plenary talk at the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland. He received the Mow Medal for demonstrating meritorious contributions to the field of bioengineering through research, education, professional development, leadership in the development of the profession, mentorship to young bioengineers, and with service to the bioengineering community.
World Congress of Biomechanics Winners
Congratulations to Laura and Kellen who were both selected as finalists in the PhD Student Paper Competition at the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics. Laura received 3rd place in the "Cardiac Imaging and Modeling" session and Kellen received 3rd place in the "Biomechanics at the Cell, Tissue, and Multiscale Level" session.
Becoming a Modeler
Derek traveled to Park City, Utah to participate in the 2018 Image-Based Biomedical Modeling (IBBM) workshop. He became an expert on FEBio and plans to apply mixture theory to cardiac growth & remodeling.