Prof Emeritus, Bioengineering
Faculty-Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Biomechanics of molecules, cells, tissues, and organs with a focus on developing methods to study the structural and functional link between each of these levels. Professor Fung is widely recognized as the father of biomechanics, having established the fundamentals of biomechanical properties in many of the human body's organs and tissues. He also studies remodeling, growth and resorption of tissues as a foundation of tissue engineering. Currently, his focus is on growth and remodeling of blood vessels under stress in health and disease. He is inventing new techniques and developing new experiments to determine the zero-stress state and the constitutive equations of blood vessel components such as collagen, elastin, and smooth muscle; lumped layers such as the endothelium, the media, and the adventitia; and the vessel as a whole. He is developing theory to integrate morphology, mechanical properties, rheology, thermal environment, and boundary conditions into a pressure-flow relationship.
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