Esther Gomez

Mechanical Regulation of Cell Behavior and Function

The microenvironment surrounding cells provides them with chemical and physical cues that play essential roles in determining cell function during a variety of biological processes such as wound healing and disease progression. While the importance of mechanical signals in these settings has been realized, details regarding how physical cues are transduced to cells to impact cell behavior are still lacking. In this project, the summer REU student will fabricate model cellular microenvironments and will then examine the impact of the physical properties of these environments on cell signaling and behavior.

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Manish Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator
mxk64@psu.edu
814-865-7519

Esther Gomez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator
ewg10@psu.edu
814-867-4732

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