The M&M (Mechanics&Materials) Lab is led by Dr. Zi Chen, who was born in China and is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and an adjunct Assistant Professor in Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Zi Chen is also a faculty member of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth.
Dr. Chen received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. Dr. Chen’s research interests range from solid mechanics and material science to biomechanics and mechanobiology, covering such diverse topics as mechanical instabilities of materials, energy harvesting, soft robotics, biomimetic materials/devices, nanofabrication (e.g., nanowires, nanoribbons, grapheme sheets), mechanics of morphogenesis in biological systems (embryonic development, biofilm growth, etc.), cell biomechanics (e.g., epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and cancer cell migration), and mechanics of DNA structures. As a Branco Weiss fellow, Dr. Chen will investigate how one-dimensional information coded in DNA translates into three-dimensional shapes. Understanding these mechanisms will facilitate biomedical research related to human health and inspire novel design principles for programmable nanofabrication techniques and bio-mimetic devices.
Dr. Chen has received a number of prestigious awards and honors including Society in Science – Branco Weiss fellowship, Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Outstanding Paper Award at the ASME 2013 2nd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB), American Academy of Mechanics Founder’s Award, MRS Graduate Student Award Silver Award, etc. He is a founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Postdoctoral Research, and an editorial board member of Journal of Applied Mechanical Engineering and Journal of Material Science & Engineering.
The Chen lab is currently looking for undergraduate research assistants (current students in the US, preferably at Dartmouth), visiting graduate students/scholars with background/interest in solid mechanics/biomechanics/biomedical engineering/physics. Any candidate interested in the opening positions should send the transcript(s) and a full CV with the contact information of 2-3 references to Zi.Chen@Dartmouth.edu. The positions remain open until filled.