The Computational Biomechanics and Solid Mechanics
Laboratory investigates mechanical response of biological
and engineering structures using finite element modeling.
The current focus of the group is to develop a mechanistic
understanding of bone fracture using computational modeling
with an ultimate goal of addressing skeletal diseases such
Osteoporotic and age-related fractures are a significant
public health problem. There has been an increasing emphasis
on bone’s hierarchical structure and its influence on the
fracture response of bone. At each length scale, different
mechanisms are at play that affect bone fracture. Therefore,
it is necessary to gain insight into the underlying fracture
mechanisms at all length scales to identify components that
need to be targeted in clinical treatments.
The current research projects in our laboratory address the
mechanical behavior of the bone at different hierarchical
levels using computational modeling. Finite element modeling
which is the focus of the laboratory is a powerful tool that
has the potential to improve the understanding of fracture
processes in bone that cannot be evaluated by experimental
Ph.D. Position Available
A Ph.D. position is available with a start date of Spring
2016 or Fall 2016 at the Computational Biomechanics and
Solid Mechanics Laboratory at Villanova University.
The research project is an NSF funded project focusing on
multiscale modeling of bone fracture. Candidates with a
strong background and interest in biomechanics, solid
mechanics, and computational modeling are encouraged to
Please send a cover letter outlining your qualifications,
research experience and interests, CV, and a list of three
references to Prof. Ani Ural (firstname.lastname@example.org).