Joshua M. Grolman

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Ph.D.: Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016

B.Sc.: Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2011

Main Nano Field: Nano mechanics

Research interests: Mammalian cell morphology is a key determinant of function, igniting significant interest in understanding how cell phenotype is regulated by microenvironmental cues, many of which are mechanical. Our laboratory tackles these issues by synthesizing novel polymeric architectures to study prenatal membrane rupture, callus formation, as well as creating the next-generation tools to measure complex nano-scale stress and strain in 3D. Our techniques include super-resolution live-cell imaging, nanoindentation, microrheology, and polymer synthesis.