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Working in the Lab

Graduate Students

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in conducting research in the area of cell mechanics, mechanobiology, pathophysiology or related fields. Students with backgrounds in Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacology/Physiology, Neuroscience, Orthopaedics or related fields are encouraged to apply to the Biomedical Engineering graduate program or Pharmacology/Physiology program.

Students must be officially admitted to the UR/URMC Programs before consideration can be made to join the lab. Interested students should contact Prof. Lee.

Undergraduate Students

UR undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience in the lab should contact Prof. Lee before each semester and provide:   

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letter of interest (why do you want to do research in the Mechanobiology Lab?)
  • Resume

Grant Awards

  1. NIH/NIAMS R01AR082349 'Mechanotransduction-inflammation coupling: Piezo1-dependent cellular morphology changes in disease'
  2. NIH/NIGMS R35GM147054 'Mechanotransduction-inflammation coupling: Piezo1-dependent cellular morphology changes in disease'
  3. University of Rochester Award (URA), 'Analysis of orphan GPCR signaling mechanisms and mechanotransduction' (MPI: Cesare Orlandi, Whasil Lee)
  4. University of Rochester Medical Center, Orthopaedics Goldstein Pilot Award, 'Chondrocyte Response to Mechano-Vulnerability in Rotator Cuff Injury: Elucidating the Fundamental Difference Between Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy and Glenohumeral Osteoarthritis' (MPI: Sandeep Mannava, Whasil Lee)