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BMET5962: Introduction to Mechanobiology

Mechanobiology has emerged as a new field of science that integrates biology and engineering and is now considered to have significant influence on the development of technologies for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. It is well known that tissues and cells are sensitive to their mechanical environment and changes to this environment can affect the physiological and pathophysiological processes. Understanding the mechanisms by which biological cells sense and respond to mechanical signals can lead to the development of novel treatments and therapies for a variety of diseases.

Code BMET5962
Academic unit Biomedical Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
6 credit points of 1000-level biology, 6 credit points of 1000-level chemistry and 6 credit points of 2000-level physiology or equivalent

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate effective oral communications skills, understand research questions, and critically analyze and interpret data
  • LO2. Obtain information using appropriate search strategies to gain in-depth knowledge and current advances in mechanobiology through peer-reviewed research resources
  • LO3. Understand the basic principles of mechanobiology and its importance in the field of biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine.
  • LO4. Apply and integrate engineering principles to biological processes. Utilizing biomedical devices to understand the principles of mechanobiology.
  • LO5. Understand the use of engineering technologies and analytical tools in the field of mechanobiology, applications and design of biomaterial platforms in the field of mechanobiology
  • LO6. Demonstrate the procedure for working safely, correctly, and effectively in a molecular biology laboratory. Learn and demonstrate a range of practical techniques in molecular biology, stem cell culture and differentiation, develop biomaterial platforms to understand the principles of mechanobiology. Demonstrate a collaborative experimental work, effective data acquisition, analysis, imaging, data recording and experimental report writing