Mission Areas


Research Topics

  • Biomaterials and biomechanics
  • Computational biomechanics
  • Mechanical testing
  • Tissue engineering

The Multi-scale Mechanics, Mechanobiology, and Tissue Engineering (3MT) Laboratory is focused on integrating experiment with theory to understand the dynamic and multi-scale mechanical interplay between cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in forming and remodeling tissues.



Ed Sander

Edward Sander, PhD

Director, 3MT Laboratory
Associate Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering


Kristan Worthington and Edward Sander

Worthington and Sander receive NASA grant through Iowa State EPSCoR program

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
University of Iowa Technology Institute
Kristan Worthington and Edward Sander are investigating the impact that low gravity environments have on regenerative tissue technology that could be used for therapy during space missions. The intent is to advance the collective ability to use stem cell technology during long-term spaceflight for astronauts that require treatment.

Sander, Canahuate lead new NSF undergraduate research grant

Monday, March 15, 2021
Office of the Vice President for Research
A University of Iowa Technology Institute faculty affiliate, Edward Sander, is helping lead a new Research Experience for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation.