DEL ALAMO, JUAN CARLOS
Faculty
jalamo@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Biomechanics

Juan Carlos del Alamo is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace department at UCSD where he studies the mechanics of eukaryotic cells and soft-bodied animals, and is developing novel non-invasive methods to image intraventricular flow. At UCSD, his courses include Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Numerical Methods, and is currently helping develop new courses for the graduate program in bio-mechanics such as Mechanics Inside the Cell.


LAL, RATNESHWAR
Faculty
rlal@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Biomechanics

Professor Lal is an authority on biomedical applications of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and nanoscale imaging of complex biological systems. Research in his lab involves the development of nanotechnologies for and multi-scale biophysical and system biology studies of channels and receptors. His lab also designs nanosensors and devices for biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics. Current projects include i) structure-function study of hemichannels in heart, breast and liver, ii) structure-function study of amyloid ion channels in degenerative diseases, iii)) nanomechanical properties, cytoskeletal organization and sustenance of normal and abnormal cells, iv) designing multimodal "Smart AFM" integrating AFM, Optical Tweezers, electrical recording, and single molecule microscopy, and v) designing nanodevices and BioMEMs for array-based screening of therapeutics and their delivery and tissue engineering. He has presented many international keynote lectures and his work has featured in many popular magazines and news media, including Time, Smithsonian and UPI. Professor Lal was the UTS Invited Professor in Sydney for their BioNanotechnology initiative and a New Zealand Government International Science Scholar. Professor Lal is on advisory board of several entrepreneurial companies, including RC Nano LLC and Be Green Packaging LLC. Professor Lal is an Associate Editor of the journal Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine and serves on the NIH Nano study section. In addition to seminal research publications in the field of nanomedicine, Dr Lal holds several patents based upon AFM cantilever arrays, microfluidics, optoelectronics and nanotubes for medical diagnostics and medical nanodevices, nanoscale fluid behavior and new TIRF, FRET and related optical microscopy.


LASHERAS, JUAN C.
Faculty
jlashera@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Biomechanics

An aeronautical engineer by training, Professor Lasheras works at the intersection between medicine and engineering. His research interests include turbulent flows, two-phase flows and mechano-biology with special emphasis on the mechanics of cell migration and invasion. He conducts laboratory and mathematical modeling of flows relevant to a wide range of applications spanning from naval hydrodynamics to propulsion and vascular hemodynamics. He has studied the complex interaction between the mechanical stimuli and the pathophysiology of vessel remodeling responsible for the enlargement of cerebrovascular and abdominal aortic aneurysms. He currently works on several aspects of cell mechanics, including, cell mechano-transduction, cell migration and invasion.