• Nanoindentation and rheometry (including complex combined compression-shear loadings) to characterize native tissues and hydrogels
Biomechanical testing of biological tissues and proxy materials: a) brain tissue mounted to the nanoindenter to test meso-scale properties; b) rotational rheometer to test macro-scale properties.



  • Identify accurate material parameters
FEA of a fluid-saturated porous cube with rigid and undrained bottom and lateral boundaries during an indentation experiment.