Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J)

Diagram of cell migration, showing motion of actin away from leading edge.

Cellular motion is governed by the behavior of proteins like actin. (Image courtesy of OCW.)


MIT Course Number

20.410J / 2.798J / 6.524J / 10.537

As Taught In

Spring 2003



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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. Experimental methods for probing structures at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels will also be investigated.

This course was originally co-developed by Professors Alan Grodzinsky, Roger Kamm, and L. Mahadevan.

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Roger Kamm, Patrick Doyle, and Maxine Jonas. 20.410J Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics (BE.410J). Spring 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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