Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2010
Home Department: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Beth Pruitt (Mechanical Engineering), W. James Nelson (Biology), and Alex Dunn (Chemical Engineering)

Research Title: Development of microsystems to study the mechanotransduction of cell-cell adhesions

Research Advisors: Joo Yong Sim is interested in the research on mechanobiology, studying the interaction of cells and tissues with mechanical forces from micro to macro scale. He has been working in the Pruitt Lab and collaborating with the Nelson lab on the mechanics of cell-cell adhesions. He is developing mechanical stimulation systems to study how cells respond to mechanical loading and find the key proteins to sense the signal and cascade it further to change their functions. His research will focus on revealing the role of the mechanical forces on regulating the cell-cell adhesion and the signaling pathways using the microfabricated devices and advanced microscopy techniques.


Joo Yong is an assistant professor at Sookmyung Women’s University, South Korea.