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


Research Grant

Ankrum, Sander awarded NIH grant to improve wound healing therapies

Thursday, August 31, 2023
Edward Sander, a University of Iowa professor of biomedical engineering and Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow in Engineering, and James Ankrum, UI associate professor of biomedical engineering, are co-principal investigators of the study sponsored by a new National Institutes of Health grant. 
Ed Sander

Ed Sander named Wheeler Faculty Fellow in Engineering

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Ed Sander, University of Iowa associate professor of biomedical engineering and director of graduate studies, has received the Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellowship in Engineering.