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Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics

Diagram of cellular tissue.

The focal adhesion complex. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

2.797J / 3.053J / 6.024J / 20.310J

As Taught In

Fall 2006



Course Features

Course Description

This course develops and applies scaling laws and the methods of continuum mechanics to biomechanical phenomena over a range of length scales. Topics include structure of tissues and the molecular basis for macroscopic properties; chemical and electrical effects on mechanical behavior; cell mechanics, motility and adhesion; biomembranes; biomolecular mechanics and molecular motors. The class also examines experimental methods for probing structures at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels.

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Matthew Lang, and Roger Kamm. 2.797J Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics, Fall 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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