Dec. 9, 2016
Today the undergraduate researchers in the lab presented their work from the Fall 2016 semester. Thank you for all of your great work!

Nov. 18, 2016
Congrats to Semih Bezci and Bo Yang on being selected for graduate student fellowships! Semih was selected for a Fellowship from the Henry Lurie Family Fund and Bo was selected for a fellowship from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Nov. 7, 2016
Bo Yang, Ben Werbner, and Grace O’Connell each had abstracts accepted to the Annual Orthopaedic Research Meeting, which will be held in San Diego in March (2017). Read their abstracts here.

Sept. 20, 2016
Congrats to Bo Yang on passing his qualifying examination and advancing to PhD candidacy!

Sept. 19, 2016
Congrats to Megan Pendleton on her poster winning the Poster Competition at the 2016 ASBMR meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Sept. 13, 2016
Congrats to Jason Chang on his abstract being accepted to the Annual BioMedical Engineering Society (BMES) Meeting in Minneapolis this October. Jason was an Amgen Scholar in the lab during Summer 2016. You can read the abstract here.

Sept. 12, 2016
Congratulations to Ben Werbner for receiving the Keith L. Markolf – Robert F. Steidel, Jr. Graduate Fellowship! The fellowship was established in 2016 by Keith Markolf in special acknowledgement of Professor Robert Steidel’s guidance and friendship during his academic and professional careers. Its aim is to help attract and support high-achieving graduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering studying in the fields of Mechanical Design or Biomechanical Engineering.

Professor Steidel was an outstanding educator whose research focused on engineering design, mechanics, vibrations and geothermal engineering. For many years, he was key figure in Cal’s intercollegiate athletics program. He was also a recipient of the U.C. Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award and a former chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Markolf’s doctoral research focused on human intervertebral discs and after receiving his degree, he continued his spinal research as a post-doc under Professor Steidel’s guidance. In 1973, Keith joined the faculty in the UCLA Department of Orthopedic Surgery where he established the Biomechanics Research Laboratory in collaboration with the Department Chair. Keith has authored over 106 peer reviewed articles in the field of orthopedic biomechanics, and is widely recognized internationally for his research on the knee and cruciate ligaments.

Congrats to Ben and Thanks to Dr. Markolf’s support!

Sept. 6, 2016
Congrats to Semih Bezci and Shannon Emerzian for passing their Preliminary Exams in Mechanical Engineering!

Aug. 22, 2016
The Berkeley Biomechanics Laboratory welcomes Benjamin Werbner and Gabriel Lopez to the group! Ben volunteered with the lab for a year prior to joining as a Mechanical Engineering PhD student. Gabriel joins the lab from Puerto Rico and is interested in tissue engineering research.

June 8, 2016
Congrats to Drs. Grace O’Connell, PhD, and Frédéric Kolb, MD! The team has been awarded seed funding through the France-Berkeley Fund to support a new collaboration for engineering trachea implants using the METS technique for cartilage repair. Dr. Kolb is a plastic surgeon at the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris, FR.

You can read more about the METS technique for developing large-scaled engineered cartilage surfaces through the conference proceedings (here).


May 19, 2016
Dr. O’Connell has been selected as a 2017 American Chemical Society, Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Young Investigator.

May 17, 2016
Dr. O’Connell and the PCA device team present at the Jacobs Hall Design Showcase in May. This project was part of the QB3-Rosenman Institute Partnership.
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May 6, 2016
Congrats to all of the graduating seniors from the O’Connell Lab! Naomi Kibrya will be moving on to a job at Stryker in Texas. Les Girard will be moving onto a job at General Dynamics in San Diego. Minhao Zhou will stay at Berkeley one more year to earn his Master’s in Engineering.

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May 1, 2016
Naomi Kibrya, an undergraduate researcher in the lab and graduating senior, presented her senior design project last week with an all-female engineer team. The team, FiSE, developed a gesture controlled boom. Check out their work on their website and on YouTube.

April 1, 2016
The Berkeley Biomechanics Laboratory is moving into its new office!

Mar. 31, 2016
Congratulations to Thomas Georgiou for receiving the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship!

Mar. 25, 2016
Dr. O’Connell participated in the first Annual Berkeley Engineering Stars in Technology (BEST) workshop, which brings together prominent Berkeley Engineering faculty, alumni and students who aspire to become leaders in technology, for information exchange and mutual inspiration. BEST_Panel1

Mar. 22, 2016
Congratulations to Semih Bezci, Noah Bonnheim, Megan Pendleton, Ben Werbner, and Bo Yang for having their abstracts accepted for presentation to the SB3C conference in June! Noah and Megan will be presenting their work as a podium presentation during the conference – more information soon. You can read their abstracts under in Conference Proceedings section.

Mar. 15, 2016
Dr. O’Connell received a $30,000 grant from the Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering to work on developing 3D printed biocompatible scaffolds.

Mar. 5, 2016
Bo Yang, Semih Bezci, and Wan Fung Chui all presented their work at the Annual Orthopaedic Research in Orlando, FL.

Feb. 26, 2016
A new article about the Girls in Engineering Program appeared in October 2015 IEEE Control Systems Magazine. The summary report focuses on the 2014 Summer Camp. Read the article here.

Feb. 7, 2016
Semih Bezci and Grace O’Connell’s abstract entitled: Compression-torsion mechanical properties of the human intervertebral disc joint has been accepted as a podium presentation to the 2016 Spine Week Meeting in Singapore.  Dr. O’Connell will present the work on Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 3:22pm.

Jan. 7, 2016
Dr. O’Connell presents large scale cartilage tissue engineering research at the MedTech Frontiers Seminar Series in Fremont, CA.