Biomechanics of molecules, cells, tissues, and organs with a focus on developing methods to study the structural and functional link between each of these levels. Professor Fung is widely recognized as the father of biomechanics, having established the fundamentals of biomechanical properties in many of the human body's organs and tissues. He also studies remodeling, growth and resorption of tissues as a foundation of tissue engineering. Currently, his focus is on growth and remodeling of blood vessels under stress in health and disease. He is inventing new techniques and developing new experiments to determine the zero-stress state and the constitutive equations of blood vessel components such as collagen, elastin, and smooth muscle; lumped layers such as the endothelium, the media, and the adventitia; and the vessel as a whole. He is developing theory to integrate morphology, mechanical properties, rheology, thermal environment, and boundary conditions into a pressure-flow relationship.
Y.C. Fung joined UCSD in 1966 to initiate a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. program in bioengineering. Fung is the recipient of the President's National Medal of Science, the Founder's Award from the National Academy of Engineering, and numerous other prestigious honors and prizes. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, National Institute of Medicine, and National Academy of Sciences. He has written many authoritative books on biomechanics that are used as textbooks around the world, in addition to books on solid mechanics and continuum mechanics. Prior to joining UCSD, Fung was a faculty member in the Department of Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. in 1948.Selected Publications:
Institute of Engineering in Medicine