Group members

Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics

Principal Investigator & Director

Markus J. Buehler, Ph.D.
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

E-mail: mbuehler(at)MIT.EDU
Phone: 617-452-2750
Fax: 617-253-8978
Office: 1-290

Twitter: @ProfBuehlerMIT

Link to departmental website at MIT

Link to biosketch (brief format)

Administrative assistant
Marygrace A. Aboudou
E-mail: maboudou(at)MIT.EDU
Phone: 617-324-6488
Fax: 617-253-8978
Office: 1-290

Markus J. Buehler, MIT

Research scientist

  • Dr. Zhao Qin (link to personal website...)
    Bottom-up deformation and fracture mechanics of proteins and bio-inspired materials

Postdoctoral associates and senior researchers

  • Dr. Baptiste Depalle (link to personal website...)
    Mineralized collagen and bone: multiscale modeling and experiment

  • Dr. Nina Dinjaski (link to personal website...)
    Multiscale experiment & synthesis of silk-based materials

  • Dr. Alfonso Gautieri (link to personal website...)
    Collagenous tissues and disease, multiscale modeling and nanomechanics

  • Dr. Tristan Giesa (link to personal website)
    Multiscale structure and mechanics of silk and bio-inspired composites

  • Dr. Davoud Ebrahimi (link to personal website...)
    Multiscale modeling of silk and silk-inspired materials

  • Dr. Francisco Martin-Martinez (link to personal website...)
    Multiscale modeling of advanced materials

  • Dr. Shengjie Ling (link to personal website...)
    Processing and modeling of silk & related protein polymers

Graduate students

  • Talal Al-Mulla (link to personal website...)
    Mechanics of complex materials

  • Dieter Brosnan Brommer (link to personal website...)
    Structure and reactive mechanics of cement

  • Chun-Teh Chen (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical assemblies of melanin: Films, bulk and tunable function

  • Leon Dimas (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical mineralized natural and synthetic materials

  • Kai Jin (link to personal website...)
    Molecular mechanics of wood at nano,meso and micro-scales

  • Gang Seob Jung (link to personal website...)
    Multiscale modeling of complex composites

  • Grace Xiang Gu (link to personal website...)
    Multiscale printing and optimization of composites
  • Isabelle Su (link to personal website...)
    3D printing if silk and silk-inspired materials

  • Anna Tarakanova (link to personal website...)
    Theoretical and computational materials science of biological materials; mechanics of spider webs

Undergraduate students & visitors

  • Douglas X. Shattuck (Research Experience for Teachers)
    Hierarchical structure and mechanics of wood

  • Albert Wang
    Research Scholars Institute (RSI)

  • Kristine Zhang
    Research Scholars Institute (RSI)

  • Ersin Arioglu
    Research on sustainable and durable materials under extreme conditions

  • Jahzeel L Rosado Vega
    Research Experience for Undergrdauates (REU)

  • Shruti Sharma (UROP)
    3D printing of bone-like materials


  • Carly Sanker
    Science-art connections; visualization; category theory

Group picture (May, 2013)

LAMM group photo 2013

From left to right: Ellie Fini, Graham Bratzel, Markus Buehler, Carole Perry, Tristan Giesa, Leon Dimas, Max Solar, Kassu Gebresellasie, Anna Tarakanova, Dieter Brommer, David Adler, Laura Batty, Nina Chou, Tuukka Verho, Chun-Teh Chen, Jenny Selvidge, Zhao Qin, Shangchao Lin, Keisuke Matsushita, Shu-Wei Chang, Baptiste Depalle, Arun Nair.

Group picture (July 1, 2011)

LAMM July 1, 2011

From left to right: Marygrace Aboudou, Ellie Fini, Denvid Lau, Sophie Weber, Max Solar, Monica Pate, Steven W. Cranford, Greta Gronau, Tristan Giesa, Hadass Inbar, David Spivak, Davoud Ebhrahimi, Markus J. Buehler, Nina Chou, Edgardo L. Vázquez Rodríguez, Shu-Wei Chang, Graham Bratzel, Arun Nair, Zhao Qin

Group alumni

  • Dr. Tristan Giesa
    Multiscale materials, silk fibers, and hierarchical optimization. Graduated with PhD in 2015.
    Now: Postdctoral scholar at MIT.
  • Dr. Chia-Ching Chou (link to personal website...)
    Intermediate filament protein materials; disulfide bond mechanics. Graduated with PhD in 2015.

  • Maryse Vachon (link to personal website...)
    Mechanics of advanced composites in structural engineering. Graduated with MEng. in 2015.

  • Prof. Shu-Wei Chang (link to personal website...)
    Collagen materials in extreme conditions and disease. Graduated with PhD in 2015.
    Now: Professor at NTNU, Taiwan

  • Dr. Olena Tokareva (link to personal website...)
    Spider silk gene delivery systems: modeling and experiment

  • Prof. Reza Mirzaeifar (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical mechanics of materials, multiscale modeling
    Now: Professor at Virginia Tech

  • Dr. Max Solar (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical structure and mechanics of amyloid protein materials

  • Prof. Shangchao Lin (link to website...)
    Molecular mechanics of natural and bioisnpired nanomaterials
    Now: Assistant Professor at Florida State University

  • Prof. Carole Perry
    Modeling and experiment of silk-like materials

  • Prof. Steven Cranford
    Mechanomutable materials, multi-scale modeling and simulation. Spider web mechanics. Graduated with Ph.D. in 2012. Now: Assistant Professor at Northeastern University.

  • Prof. Arun Nair (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical protein material mechanics.
    Now: Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas.

  • Prof. Denvid Lau (link to personal website...)
    Polymer-silica interfaces.
    Now: Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong.

  • Prof. Flavia Libonati (link to personal website...)
    Molecular based modeling of bone nanocomposite.
    Now: Assistant Porofessor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

  • David Adler (link to personal website...)
    Molecular mechanics of wood. Graduated with S.M. in 2013.

  • Laura Batty (link to personal website...)
    Silk - water, structure and mechanics. Graduated with M.Eng. in 2013.

  • Greta Gronau (link to personal website...)
    Structure and mechanics of spider silk.

  • Graham Bratzel (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical bioinspired fibers and interfaces. Graduated with S.M. in 2012.

  • Jérémie Bertaud, S.M. 2009 (link to personal website...)
    Mesoscale modeling of alpha-helical proteins. Graduated wth S.M. in 2009.

  • Dr. Alfonso Gautieri (link to personal website...)
    Collagenous tissues and disease. Graduated with Ph.D. in 2009.

  • Prof. Christian Thaulow (visiting professor from NTNU, Norway)
    Atomistic simulation of materials failure.

  • Prof. Sinan Keten, Ph.D. 2010 (link to personal website...)
    Beta-sheet rich protein materials (spider silk, amyloids). Graduated with Ph.D. in 2010. Now Assistant Professor at Northwestern Univerity.

  • Dr. Theodor Ackbarow (link to personal website...)
    Intermediate filament proteins and hierarchical protein structures. Graduated with Ph.D. in 2010.

  • Andrea Nova (link to personal website...)
    Molecular simulation of protein materials. Graduated with S.M. in 2010.

  • Prof. Zhiping Xu (link to personal website...)
    Bioinspired hierarchical thermal and structural materials. Now Associate Professor at Tsinghua University.

  • Dr. Raffaella Paparcone (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical amyloid protein materials.

  • Prof. Sandra Shefelbine (Northeastern University, link to personal website...)
    Bone mechanics, remodeling and disease.

  • Dr. Dipanjan Sen, Ph.D. 2010 (link to personal website...)
    Hierarchical metalic nancomposites, graphene nanotechnology, silicon. Graduated with Ph.D. in 2010.

  • Prof. Rouzbeh Shahsavari (link to personal website...)
    First principles simulation of nano/geomaterials. Graduated with Ph.D. in 2010.
    Now: Assistant Professor, Rice University

  • Dr. Melis Arslan (link to personal website...)
    Biological and bioinspired fiber materials, spider silk

  • Andre Garcia, S.M. 2010 (link to personal website...)
    Structure and nanomechanics of diatom algae. Graduated with S.M. in 2010.

  • Prof. Elham H. Fini (visiting Professor, North Carolina A&T University)
    Molecular modeling of bio-inspired asphalt

  • Hadass Inbar* (2011 Research Science Institute)
    Protein-particle interactions in bone and other biomaterials
    *High school student

  • Prof. Seunghwa Ryu (link to personal website...)
    Multiscale modeling of mechanics of biomaterials (silk, silk-inspired and hierarchical biomimetic structures). Now Assistant Now: Assistant Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)

Other former group members

  • Mary Hwang (UROP)
  • Billy Ndengeyingoma (UROP)
  • Jennifer Selvidge (UROP)
  • Tuukka Verho (visiting student)
  • Albert K Matsushita (UROP)
  • Danielle Carrol* (2012 Research Science Institute)
  • Stephanie Schafer (UROP)
  • Rhonda Jack (MSRP)
  • Jessica Duran (MSRP)
  • Maya Srinivasan (National Science Foundation REU)
  • Lori Ferriss (UROP)
  • Andre Garcia (undergraduate researcher, MIT Summer Research Program, MSRP)
  • Huanan Zhang (Paul E. Gray (1954) UROP student)
  • Andrea Fabre (UROP student)
  • Xuefeng Chen (UROP)
  • Dr. Nils Brödling (visiting graduate student), now at Max Planck Institute for Metals Research
  • Harvey Tang (UROP student)
  • Cindy X. Wang (UROP student)
  • Talal A Al-Mulla (UROP student)
  • Ryan King (UROP student)
  • Evripides Loukaides (UROP student)
  • Gabriel T Bujokas (UROP student)
  • Sophie Wong (UROP student)
  • Alan Cohen (UROP student)
  • Sophie Weber (UROP)
  • Lisa S. Wang (UROP student)
  • Peg Huben (visiting High School teacher of Somerville High School, MA; MIT's RET program)
  • Ken Van Tilburg (UROP)
  • Lori Ferris (UROP)
  • Joshua Hester (UROP) (link to personal website...)
  • Britni Ihle (UROP) (link to personal website...)
  • Daniel D. Jimenez
  • Rachel Zucker (UROP) (link to personal website...)
  • Stella Schiefer (UROP) (link to personal website...). Now graduate student at ETH Zurich.
  • Adam Talsma (UROP)
  • Matthew Pires (UROP)
  • Monica Pate (UROP)
  • Chelsea K Lyons (UROP)
  • Anna Tarakanova (National Science Foundation REU)
  • Ryan Rosario (UROP)
  • Anna Tarakanova (REU)
  • Ibrahim Mohedas (MSRP)
  • Rachel Ellison (UROP)
  • Edgardo L. Vázquez Rodríguez (National Science Foundation REU)

Recent visitors

  • Dr. Haimin Yao (MIT, Department of Materials Science and Engineering)
  • Prof. Jan Lammerding (Harvard Medical School)
  • Dr. Shyam Sunder (NIST)
  • Prof. Adri van Duin (California Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. David Stewart (Industrial Research, Ldt., New Zealand)
  • Prof. Ulrike Wegst (Drexel University)
  • Prof. Harald Herrmann (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Prof. Laurent Kreplak (Biozentrum Basel, Switzerland, now at: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada)
  • Prof. Michelle Oyen (Cambridge University, U.K.)
  • Prof. Jadran Vrabec (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Prof. Zhigang Suo (Harvard University)
  • Prof. Alexander Hartmaier (University of Erlangen, Germany)
  • Prof. Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University)
  • Prof. Michele Parrinello (ETH)
  • Prof. Nicola Pugno (Laboratory of Bio-inspired Nanomechanics, Giuseppe Maria Pugno, Department of Structural Engineering - Politecnico di Torino)

Please contact mbuehler(at)MIT(dot)EDU if you are interested in joining the group. We have openings in several areas.



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