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.


Research Team

Ed Sander

Edward Sander, PhD

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



Sander, Canahuate lead new NSF undergraduate research grant

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.
Mariam El-Hattab conducts research in Ed Sander's 3MT Lab

El-Hattab wins award in 3MT research competition

Last month, El-Hattab's video explanation won the People's Choice award, a top prize in the UI's annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. The competition is designed to challenge graduate students to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences. 
Ed Sander

Edward Sander

Director, 3MT Laboratory

Associate professor of biomedical engineering

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