Biomechanics & Mechanobiology Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Dr. Scott Wood

Graduate Members

Divya Kota

Master of Technology, Nanotechnology, ASTRA university, India
Ph.D. Candidate, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, SDSMT

Born and brought up in India, I completed my bachelor's degree in biotechnology and graduated from ASTRA university with a Masters in Nanotechnology. With aspiration to gain more knowledge on in-detail mechanisms of human diseases, I joined SDSMT as a Ph.D. student in the Nanoscience and Nanoengineering department and am currently working on mechanotransduction studies in human articular chondrocytes towards in-depth study of osteoarthritis (OA) and membrane tension and force measurements of actin cytoskeleton by FRET-based tension sensors in primary and secondary cells. In my free time, I like watching movies, painting and drawing.

Ram Saraswat

Ph.D. Student, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, SDSMT

I am from New Delhi, India and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 2017. Post-graduation, I started my PhD in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering with an emphasis on Nano-Biotechnology. I am currently working on designing a novel micropatterned platform to model the articular cartilage to restore chondrocyte phenotype. My core speciality is biomaterials synthesis for desired cellular applications. I enjoy biking and hiking around the Black Hills, and road-tripping to new places.

Undergraduate Members

Mikayla Hibbard

Undergraduate Volunteer
Applied Biological Sciences, SDSMT


Anna Haugen

BioSNTR REU Student
Applied Biological Sciences, SDSMT
Quantification of Actin Motion in Chondrocytes Using Lattice Light-Sheet Microscopy

Celeste Perez

Back to the Future REU Student
Materials Science, Arizona State University
Characterization and Optimization of Embedded Electrospun Nanofibers for the CellWell

Joshua Feiner

BioSNTR REU Student
Biology, Dakota Wesleyan University
Application of Mechanical Force to Chondrocytes

William Schutz

Back to the Future REU Student
Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
Synthesis of a Biphasic Micropatterned Well Array

Ryan Dekle

Back to the Future REU Student
Chemical Engineering, New Mexico Tech
Toward the Development of the CellWell Semi-3D Cell Culture Platform

Andrew Norman

Undergraduate Volunteer
Mechanical Engineering, SDSMT
Development of a cam-driven linear actuator for translation of permanent magnets above a microscope stage