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July 2015

CIHR rules!
We are deeply honored and grateful for the generous support that CIHR has awarded to Prof Ehrlicher from the live pilot of the new Foundation scheme to study mechanobiology in the actin cytoskeleton!


June 2015

FRQNT rules!
We are grateful for the generous support that FRQNT has awarded to Prof Ehrlicher from the New Researcher program to study mechanical changes during the cell cycle, and for our Team Grant with Profs Barthelat and Barrett to study biomimetic composite materials!


May 2015

Actn4 tractionOur article, Alpha-actinin binding kinetics modulate cellular dynamics and force generation, was published in the in the Journal PNAS in May 2015.

Actn4 slidingCommentary on above article by W.Ahmed and T.Betz: Dynamic cross-links tune the solid-fluid behavior of living cells


May 2015

CFI rules!

We are deeply honored and grateful for the generous support that CFI has awarded our team led by Prof Vogel to create the Integrated Quantitative Biology Initiative (IQBI)


April 2015

NSERC rules!
We are grateful for the generous support that NSERC has awarded to the team led by Prof Ehrlicher to acquire a rheometer and create a hybrid confocal-rheometer!


February 2015

kang deformationOur article, Structurally Governed Cell Mechanotransduction through Multiscale Modeling, was published in the in the Journal Scientific Reports in February 2015.


JANUARY 2015

proplatelet bleachingOur article, Microtubule sliding drives proplatelet elongation and is dependent on cytoplasmic dynein, was published in the in the Journal Blood in January 2015.




OCTOBER 2014

bmes 2014Allen Ehrlicher is representing the Department of Bioengineering at the Biomedical Engineering Society's Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas from October 22-25.



AUGUST 2014

fsmOur article, Probing the Stochastic, Motor-Driven Properties of the Cytoplasm Using Force Spectrum Microscopy, was published in the in the Journal Cell in August 2014.
Featured in Harvard News.


July 2014

platelet bioreactorOur article, Platelet Bioreactor on a Chip, was published in the in the Journal Blood in July 2014.


June 2014

NSERC rules!
We are grateful for the generous support that NSERC has awarded to Prof Ehrlicher from the ENGAGE program to develop instrumentation for poroelastic/viscoelastic measurements in collaboration with the company Biomomentum.


April 2014

NSERC rules!
We are grateful for the generous support that NSERC has awarded to Prof Ehrlicher from the Discovery Grant program to study dissipation in active mechanobiology!


OCTOBER 27, 2013

The Department of Bioengineering's Antonella Fratino and Professor Allen Ehrlicher were present and McGill's Open House along with Engineering student volunteers Mohammad Attari, Martin Ahrens, Derek Burrows, Matthew Mayers and David Villegas Gonzalez.


May 2014

CFI rules!
We are grateful for the generous support that CFI has awarded Prof Ehrlicher to study active mechanobiology!


October 1, 2013

ming rules!

Our article, The Role of Vimentin Intermediate Filaments in Cortical and Cytoplasmic Mechanics, was featured on the cover of Biophysical Journal.




AUGUST 1, 2013

poutineAllen Ehrlicher acquired a controversial amount of stock options in poutine manufacturers and distributors... in unrelated news, he also joined the Department of Bioengineering at McGill.

Welcome to the Biological and Active Materials (BAM) lab!

Biological Mechanics are unique in the physical world, as biological systems are able to convert chemical energy into controlled active forces; these forces move cells and also change their mechanical properties.

Some of the things we are interested in are:
-Mechanics of disease- how do cell mechanics contribute to pathology?
-Mechanotransduction- how do cells sense and respond to force?
-Biomimetic Materials Science- can we recreate the amazing mechanics of biology?
-Soft Condensed Matter Physics- can we understand biological mechanics using physics?

We collaborate with fantastic people at McGill and beyond, and we are always looking for new great people to work with. Also, we are seeking new members!
If you are looking for a research position, please check our Members page.