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2015 Summer Institute:

Mechanobiology of the Brain

Attendees will participate in two weeks of lectures and hands-on training in engineering, biology, and physical science laboratory techniques by experts in the field. Topics included neuroscience, cell mechanics, molecular biology, medical science, micro fabrication, and imaging.

Invited lecturers from:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Indian Institute of Science
  • National University of Singapore
  • Rice University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pennsylvania

Hands-On Labs including:

  • Neuron culture
  • Live cell imaging
  • Micro/nano fabrication
  • 3D printing

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The Summer Institute is sponsored by BrainHubSM, CMECS (the Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems), GEM4 (Global Enterprise for Micro-Mechanics and Molecular Medicine), and ICES (the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems).

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The Summer Institute is being held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Neuroscience and
Cellular Mechanics


The overall objective is to enhance the ability to address overarching challenges in the area of Mechanobiology of the Brain. Highly interdisciplinary in nature, the 2015 Summer Institute will offer faculty expertise from biology, engineering, materials science, medical science, and imaging through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab experiences.

Specific objectives include:

  • Educate researchers and graduate students about the fundamentals of neuroscience and cellular mechanics
  • Provide an intense learning experience and facilitate interaction among engineers, biologists, and clinicians
  • Train a new generation of researchers at the interaction of neuroscience and engineering