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Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory

About Dr. Jonathan Vande Geest

Dr. Jonathan Vande Geest is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  He received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2000 and his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.  Upon graduation, Dr. Vande Geest began his career at the University of Arizona in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and joined the U of A’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2009.  Dr. Vande Geest returned to the University of Pittsburgh in January of 2016. Dr. Vande Geest currently holds affiliate positions in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science (MEMS), the Department of Ophthalmology, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration, and the Vascular Medicine Institute. 

Dr. Vande Geest leads the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (STBL) whose primary goal is to develop and utilize novel experimental and computational bioengineering approaches to study the structure function relationships of soft tissues in human growth, remodeling, and disease. The STBL has also devoted significant effort in the development of novel endovascular medical devices. Advances in bioengineering are established in the STBL by seamlessly bringing together state-of-the-art techniques in tissue fabrication, nonlinear optical microscopy, finite element modeling, and cell mechanobiology. Current projects in the STBL are focused on neurodegenerative diseases including primary open angle glaucoma and vocal fold paralysis, as well as the development of a compliance matched tissue engineered vascular graft. 

Prof. Vande Geest is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the International Society of Applied Cardiovascular Biology, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the American Physiological Society (APS).  In 2013 Dr. Vande Geest was awarded the Y. C. Fung Young Investigator Award - a society wide medal awarded by the Bioengineering Division of ASME to recognize those demonstrating significant potential to make substantial contributions to the field of Bioengineering. He is currently an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and also serves as the Chair of the ASME Bioengineering Division Solids Technical Committee. Dr. Vande Geest received an NSF CAREER award in 2007 and has since secured extramural funding from the NSF, NIH, and AHA. 

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Principal Investigator 
Jonathan Vande Geest, PhD
Office: 412-624-6496
Fax: 412-383-8788