Dr. Emad Moeendarbary is a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (UCL) and a Principal Cancer Research UK Investigator. He obtained first class B.Sc/ M.Sc degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (Iran) and a Computational Soft Matter Physics Master’s degree at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He then took a swift transition to the emerging field of mechanobiology for his Ph.D. (2013, London Centre for Nanotechnology, Charras Lab). Emad then won a Herchel Smith Fellowship and went to the University of Cambridge (Franze Lab) to work on the cell biomechanics and mechanobiology in the central nervous system. Subsequently, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship and joined Kamm Lab at MIT where he gained expertise in microfluidic technologies and studied the mechanics in cancer metastasis.
Emad’s laboratory is specialised in applying engineering and physics concepts to understand cell mechanics and its role in physiology and disease. His Lab explores the biomechanical behaviour of living cells within the framework of cancer metastasis and nervous system pathology by employing the state-of-the-art microfluidic technologies to engineer microenvironments that mimic in vivo cellular settings and applying mechanical measurement techniques such as atomic force microscopy and traction force microscopy to study the time-dependent cell mechanics.