Cell biomechanics refers to the mechanical function of cells in terms of biology. Biomechanics is an interdisciplinary area of ongoing research that focuses on the mechanistic behaviors of cells and the biological influences associated with those behaviors. The study of cell biomechanics draws on the disciplines of mechanical engineering, biochemistry, and anatomy and physiology. Fundamental research in cell biomechanics involves the structure, organization and other primarily physical properties of cell function. The purpose of biomechanics is to further the understanding of normal and disease physiology on a cellular level. Scientists who specialize in cell biomechanics have developed tools using microfabrication and innovative nanoscience and bioengineering processes. These tools allow scientists to collect and examine cell and protein samples on a molecular level. This approach focuses on the small parts of a larger, functioning system, which is the essence of cell biomechanics.
Last date updated on July, 2014