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IUTAM Symposium on Cellular, Molecular and Tissue Mechanics

Proceedings of the IUTAM symposium held at Woods Hole, Mass., USA, June 18-21, 2008

  • Krishna Garikipati
  • Ellen M. Arruda
Conference proceedings

Part of the IUTAM Bookseries book series (IUTAMBOOK, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Tissue Mechanics

  3. Cell-substrate Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 68-68
    2. T. Volberg, J. Ulmer, J. Spatz, B. Geiger
      Pages 69-79
    3. J. A. Stella, J. Liao, Y. Hong, W. D. Merryman, W. R. Wagner, M. S. Sacks
      Pages 81-89
    4. S. Jungbauer, B. Aragües, J. P. Spatz, R. Kemkemer
      Pages 103-109
  4. Mechanics of DNA

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 112-112
    2. S. Neukirch, N. Clauvelin, B. Audoly
      Pages 113-122
    3. P. K. Purohit
      Pages 123-138
  5. Mechanics of Biopolymer Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 140-140
    2. J. S. Palmer, C. E. Castro, M. Arslan, M. C. Boyce
      Pages 141-159
    3. G. Žagar, P. R. Onck, E. Van der Giessen
      Pages 161-169
  6. Cell adhesion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 172-172

About these proceedings


These are the proceedings of an IUTAM Symposium on Cellular, Molecular and Tissue Mechanics, held in the summer of 2008 at Woods Hole, Mass, USA. This groundbreaking meeting brought together mechanicians having an interest in biological systems, with biophysicists and biologists in order to address the mechanical basis of biology at the molecular, cellular and tissue scales.

The meeting explored a wealth of phenomena in cell and molecular biology all of which display a breadth of mechanical influences that may seem surprising at first glance to the traditional mechanician. This arena for the application of methods developed in mechanics has not drawn as much attention as more traditional tissue biomechanics. However, biophysicists, and even biologists apply ideas of elasticity and structural mechanics quite widely in studying molecules and cells. Many critical functions of biomolecules and cells are fundamentally mechanical in origin, and the mechanics of many biomolecules demonstrate scaling laws that are non-classical to traditional structural mechanics and elasticity.

This compilation of the scientific papers presented at the meeting will prove invaluable to researchers in the mechanics of biology as this field develops in the decades to come and takes its place as an acknowledged and central area in biology.


Biopolymer IUTAM biomolecules biophysics bone cells cellular mechanics elasticity molecular mechanics thermodynamics tissue tissue mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Krishna Garikipati
    • 1
  • Ellen M. Arruda
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborU.S.A.
  2. 2.Dept. Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborU.S.A.

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