Bela Suki, Ph.D.

Professor, (BME, MSE)

Professor, (BME, MSE)

  • Primary Appointment Professor, Department of 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 • Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (2016)
    • Evans Center Research Collaborator Award, Boston University School of Medicine (2015)
    • National Institute of Health Director’s High-Risk High-Reward Award (2011)
    • Honorary professor of Medical Physics and Informatics, University of Szeged, Hungary (2009)
    • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2007)
  • Areas of Interest Mechanical properties of living tissues; Lung and cardiovascular physiology; Mechanotransduction; Networks in complex biological systems.
  • Research Areas Dr. Suki’s current research involves evaluating the effects of fluctuations in mechanical conditions on cell function, called Fluctuation-Driven Mechanotransduction. Specifically, mechanotransduction in the laboratory is always studied using sinusoidal stretching. However, in the body, cells are never exposed to strictly monotonous mechanical perturbations. Fluctuations appear to influence essential cell functions such as metabolism and protein production. This has practical and clinical implications: during mechanical ventilation, adding variability improves gas exchange, as well as general cell function. His other fields of interest include the effects of mechanical forces on the extracellular matrix in health and disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His current work also includes computational modeling of large biological networks as well as medical device development.

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Affiliation: Affiliated Faculty (MSE), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (BME), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (MSE)