Lance Davidson

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Lance Davidson is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicineand the Complex Biological Systems Group. He works on the interfaces between engineering, physics, and biology to understand: (i) how biomechanics drives morphogenesis across a number of size scales from subcellular generation of forces to the macroscopic forces and bulk tissue properties, and (ii) how biomechanics is integrated with conventional mechanisms of molecular genetic signaling and pattern formation to guide development of the embryo, wound healing, and tissue regeneration. His lab in the new Biomedical Science Tower building has allowed him to work even more closely with engineers and biologists to achieve this integration. A central aim of this research is to utilize the basic principles of development in order to help design better artificial tissues and identify mechanical sources of birth defects.