Center for Engineering MechanoBiology

The Center for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) is a multi-institutional Science and Technology Center funded by the NSF to advance the study of mechanical forces in molecules, cells, and tissues in plants and animals.

The CEMB undergraduate programs are now in full swing!

At UPenn, a formal summer Research for Undergraduates (REU) program is in place and includes 10 undergraduates chosen from more than 100 applicants. This year’s students represent a diverse array of institutions (see list below). At Washington University, five students are working in CEMB labs as part of the plan to have a formal undergraduate research program next summer. Although 900 miles apart, students at the two institutions will work together remotely on “elevator talks” later this month.

The students at UPenn are living in International House with students from 5 other summer programs. They’re now all well established in CEMB research labs and are participating in a full array of CEMB activities including weekly working group meetings, Scientific Communications workshops, and student lectures. They will attend Boot Camp lectures and our center-wide retreat in July. CEMB Managing Director Jim McGonigle has also arranged for a canoeing evening on the Schuylkill River and a Phillies game.

The grand finale of the UPenn program will be a symposium on Thursday, August 3rd, featuring short oral presentations and posters by our students and a keynote talk from CEMB member and UPenn Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein. The symposium will run from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Singh Center for Nanotechnology. We encourage all to attend and learn about the exciting research projects our undergraduate students have conducted over the summer.

2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Cohort at UPenn:

  • Kimberly DeLuca
    New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Kimonni Driver
    Lincoln University
  • John Durel
    University of Virginia
  • Brianna Hajek
    The Washington University
  • Olivia Leavitt
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Kristine Lister
    Cornell University
  • Aaman Mengis
    University of Maryland, College Park
  • Victor Morales-Garcia
    University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
  • Richard Potter
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Cassie Wang
    Bryn Mawr College

2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Cohort at WUSTL:

  • Matt Geer
    The Washington University
  • Zhanguo Liu
    The Washington University
  • Simran Ohri
     The Washington University
  • Emily Stava
     The Washington University
  • Melanie Yuen
     The Washington University

Featured Video

Introduction to CEMB featuring facilities at partner institutions.

Upcoming events

  • May 30 – Aug 4, 2017
  • August 3, 2017 • 9:30 AM – 2 PM
  • Singh Center for Nanotechnology