Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics

Diagram of cellular tissue.

The focal adhesion complex. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


MIT Course Number

2.797J / 3.053J / 6.024J / 20.310J

As Taught In

Fall 2006



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Course Description

This course develops and applies scaling laws and the methods of continuum mechanics to biomechanical phenomena over a range of length scales. Topics include structure of tissues and the molecular basis for macroscopic properties; chemical and electrical effects on mechanical behavior; cell mechanics, motility and adhesion; biomembranes; biomolecular mechanics and molecular motors. The class also examines experimental methods for probing structures at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels.

Matthew Lang, and Roger Kamm. 2.797J Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Biomechanics, Fall 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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