Soft Tissues Structure, Mechanics and Growth
Biological tissues mechanical properties are the key factor in the body mechanical function. The internal structure of tissue’s constituents is the key determinant of its properties. Using advanced theoretical and experimental methodologies we study the structure - function relationship of tendon, skin, blood vessels and cardiac tissue, from the micro-scale to the overall organ function.
Being living materials, both structure and properties of tissues adapt to changes in their mechanical loading, thus leading to growth and remodeling. We explore the processes of stress dependent biological turnover of tissues constituents, and by application of structure-function relationship, study their manifestation in the global tissue properties.