Professor Roger Kamm is the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering and former Associate Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. A primary objective of Kamm’s research group has been the application of fundamental concepts in fluid and solid mechanics to better understand essential biological and physiological phenomena. Spanning a wide range, research in the Kamm lab has addressed issues in the respiratory, ocular and cardiovascular systems.
More recently, his attention has focused on two areas, the molecular mechanisms of cellular force sensation, and the development of new microfluidic technologies for vascularized engineered tissues. Kamm has a long-standing interest in biomechanics education, and has played key roles in developing both graduate and undergraduate bioengineering programs at MIT. He is the 2010 recipient of the Lissner Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Institute of Medicine. He is the former chair of the US National Committee on Biomechanics and of the World Council on Biomechanics. Kamm currently directs a new NSF Science and Technology Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems and is Chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.