Welcome to the Stanford Microsystems Lab
The Stanford Microsystems Lab in MERL works on custom measurements and analysis systems for small scale metrologies including scanning probe microscopy, biomechanics and mechanotransduction assays. We study the mechanics and biology of the sense of touch in C. elegans, the mechanisms and forces of cell adhesion, and the development and response of stem cells and cardiac myocytes to mechanical loading. We design and fabricate most of our own tools and sensors and are interested in the reliable manufacture and operation of micromachined sensors and actuators in harsh environments, measuring nanoscale mechanical behavior, and the analysis, design, and control of integrated electro-mechanical systems. We leverage new tools and answer novel questions in our lab in the areas of physiology, biology, stem cells, neuroscience and cardiology with an eye toward quantitative and fundamental biophysics.
If you are interested in a future rotation or pursuing MEMS related research at Stanford, please read: Information for Prospective Students
Research support has included NSF CAREER (ECS-0449400), NSF NSEC CPN (NSEC PHY-0830228), NSF NSEC COINS (ECCS-0832819), DARPA YFA (N66001-09-1-2089), CIRM (RC1-00151-1), NSF EFRI (CBE 0735551), NSF EFRI (MIKS-1136790), NIH R01 (EB006745), NIH R33 (HL089027), Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, the Stanford Clayman Institute, Bio-X, and fellowships to group members from Stanford, NSF, Bio-X, CVI, NDSEG, ILJU foundation, Ginzton labs, AHA, and NHLBI T32 (1T32HL098049).