Monthly Archives: March 2017


Faculty highlight: Krystyn Van Vliet

MIT associate professor brings a materials scientist’s understanding to biochemical behavior in stem cells and organ tissue. Source: [Denis Paiste | Materials Processing Center, March 18, 2015]  With joint appointments in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, MIT Associate Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet brings a materials scientist’s understanding […]

MIT Associate Professor Krystyn Van Vliet holds a rubbery, transparent polymer made of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) that is used to grow stem cells and other cell types in the Laboratory for Material Chemomechanics. Van Vliet's group has shown that mechanical deformation of materials to which stem cells and other cell types attach can modify key cell functions such as proliferation and differentiation.

Photo: Denis Paiste/Materials Processing Center