Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials
Research in the Gomez laboratory focuses on exploring how cells sense the chemical and physical properties of their surroundings and how these cues in turn regulate cell behavior. Specific interests include the effects of mechanical forces on cell dynamics and the role of physical signals in the development of fibrosis and cancer. Additional efforts of the group are directed toward developing biosensor platforms.
Undergraduate students will collaborate with graduate students to characterize biomaterial properties and to investigate how these properties regulate cell function. Students will learn a variety of techniques including materials characterization, mammalian cell culture, and microscopy.