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About Kai-tak Wan

Dr. Wan's research interests include: Cellular biomechanics: mechanical characterization and adhesion measurements of single cells and biological tissues, characterization of mouse oocytes and embryos before and after artificial fertilization, mechanical aspects of embryology, and developmental biology. Tissue engineering: adhesion of mesenchymal stems cells to form tissues, chondrogenesis, morphogenesis, viscoelastic rubber elasticity and fracture of biological tissues, measurements of specific (ligand-receptor) and non-specific (electrostatic, van der Waals) surface forces, diffusion of ligand in and out of adhesion plagues. Ophthalmology: mechanical aspects of presbyopia and natural accommodation mechanics, characterization of prosthetic hydrogels for cataract ocular lenses, opto-mechano-electro-chemical coupling in vision, characterization of procine, prosthetic and human lenses.
Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS): reliability of RF-switches, environmental effects, effects of coupled interfacial adhesion and residual stress, adhesion and delamination mechanics of thin membranes in moveable MEMS parts. Micro- and nano- structures: collapse of micro-beam and micro-springs network due to intersruface forces and environmental species, molecular dynamics simulation of nano-structures (e.g. bucky balls, graphene sheets, nano-tubes).


Present Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University

Research Interests

Cellular biomechanics, Tissue engineering, Ophthamology, Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and Micro- and nanostructures

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Contact Information

334 Snell Engineering Center Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-373-2248
Fax: 617-373-2921