Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2011
Home Department: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Peter Pinsky (Mechanical Engineering) and Marc Levenston (Mechanical Engineering)

Research Title: Multiscale modeling of the human cornea

Research Description: The unique structure of the human cornea results in a tissue that is mechanically strong yet completely transparent. Advances in imaging and experimentation at small scales have allowed better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that give rise to its mechanical properties. Steven follows a "multi-scale" modeling approach where improved macro-scale mathematical models are directly linked to micro-scale models of these mechanisms. A coordinated approach between modeling and novel experimentation combines areas of biology, chemistry, imaging, and applied mechanics to engineer a computational model of the cornea with direct clinical applications in refractive surgery and the study of corneal pathologies.


Steven works as a software engineer for Google in Irvine, California.