Join us and Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Dr. Meg McFetridge for a lecture and Q+A on October 27th in the Dickinson Auditorium in Austin Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public.
About the lecture
How are our bodies built? How are they re-built when we have been injured or sick? The physical forces acting on our bodies, down to within our cells, are a fundamental part of the answer to these questions. Mechanobiology is a multidisciplinary field of study on the relationships between life and the mechanical environment. Through my research I ask: what can a cell feel? How does it encode this mechanical information? And what is the response?
About the Fulbright Visiting Scholar:
Dr. McFetridge completed her B.S (Hons) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of Western Australia, Perth, before moving to Melbourne to complete her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Monash University. There, she developed and characterized self-assembling beta-peptide hydrogels for the delivery of cell-based therapeutics for treatment of chronic kidney disease. Her current research as a Fulbright Scholar is focused on stem cell mechanosensation at a distance, where she will utilize optical coherence microscopy to track cellular responses to mechanical stimulation across large hydrogel volumes over time.