Bela Suki, Ph.D.
Professor, (BME, MSE)
- Primary Appointment Professor, Biomedical Engineering
- Education M.S., Physics, and Ph.D., Biomechanics, Jozsef Attila University, Szeged (Hungary)
- Additional Affiliations Division of Materials Science & Engineering
- Honors and Awards Member, American Physiological Society, 2012
Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2007
Member, American Thoracic Society, 1997
Member, Biomedical Engineering Society, 1995
- Areas of Interest Mechanical properties of living tissues; Mechanotransduction; The ensemble behavior of complex biological systems; Nonlinearities in biological systems.
- Research Areas Dr. Suki’s current research involves evaluating the effects of variability in mechanical stretch on cell function. Specifically, mechanotransduction in the laboratory is always studied using sinusoidal stretching. However, in the body, cells are never exposed to strictly monotonous mechanical perturbations. Variability itself appears to influence essential cell functions such as ATP production. His other fields of interest is the coupling between enzyme activity and mechanical forces in the extracellular matrix as well as applying statistical mechanical concepts to large biological networks.