Brian Williams

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Research Summary

My research focuses in designing and fabricating biohybrid mechanisms, including a flagellar swimmer that utilizes the contractions of one to several cardiac myocytes to generate propulsion at low Reynolds number. Additionally, I use microfabrication techniques to produce characterizable, compliant platforms to probe specific biological mechanisms, such as the role of mechanical coupling in the collective behavior of large populations of cardiac myocytes. Finally, I analyze and study vesicle dynamics in various cell types, and use their transport characteristics in attempt to probe the intracellular environment.

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