MBI’s PhD Program in Mechanobiology
With an interdisciplinary and highly-integrated team approach to discovery and invention, MBI’s curriculum is crafted to train innovative and influential future leaders in both academia and R&D-based industry.
What is Mechanobiology?
Mechanobiology is a quantitative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding biological functions. Physical, geometrical and mechanical events are not just side effects of biochemistry, but are themselves important triggers and regulators of processes such as cancer metastasis and stem cell differentiation.
At MBI we dissect complex behaviors into smaller processes or functional modules. We describe each step within a process using both quantifiable chemical reactions and physical descriptors. From these parameters we build computational models to extract proper representations of how each process works. In this manner we are able to organize modular processes into a mechanistic understanding of their emerging properties and complex phenotypes.
We also apply our fundamental knowledge to solving impactful problems in cancer and regenerative medicine. To help those unfamiliar with mechanobiology to gain a better understanding of the field and relevant cellular processes, we have launched the online, educational resource MBInfo.
About MBI’s PhD Program
A PhD training program in the emerging discipline of mechanobiology has been launched to bring together internationally renowned scholars to the Mechanobiology Institute in Singapore. Many principal investigators hold senior professorships in internationally prestigious institutes such as MIT, Columbia, Weizmann Institute of Science, UC Berkeley, Universities of Paris & CNRS, Illinois, Toronto, Stony Brook, NUS and NTU.
The combined accomplishments of all the scholars include more than one hundred publications in Science, Nature, and Cell, and numerous publications in other top journals. Many of their previous students and postdoctoral associates have become professors and corporate executives in top institutions worldwide. Supported by over USD$110 Million in funding from the Singapore government, these illustrious scholars join hands to recruit and train the best minds in Asia. Together, we venture ahead to define a new discipline of mechanobiology.
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