Michael Murrell

Assistant Professor


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Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706


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My interests are in understanding the mechanical principles that drive major cellular life processes through the design and engineering of novel biomimetic systems.  To this end, I develop simplified and tractable experimental models of the mechanical machinery within the cell with the goal of reproducing complex cellular behavior, such as cell division and cell migration.  I then combine these ‘bottom-up’ experimental models with concepts from soft matter physics to gain a fundamental understanding of the influence of mechanics on cell and tissue behavior.  In parallel, I hope to identify new design principles from biology which can be used to create novel technologies.  

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