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    The Tissue Mechanics Lab in the Department of Bioengineering, University
    of Pittsburgh, has immediate openings for a Ph.D.-level graduate
    research assistant in the area of artificial heart valve tissue
    structural and mechanical analyses. The project involves 3D
    microstructural and complex mechanical analyses of heart valve
    biomaterials, with a focus on the study of the fatigue damage behavior.
    The study will also include novel scaffolds for use in tissue engineered
    heart valves.

    A strong interest in tissue mechanics, structure, and composition is
    required. Good experimental skills, ability to design and fabricate
    testing devices are also a plus. In addition, the project will include
    significant computational modeling using novel material models. A 12
    month stipend with full tuition waiver is included. Students with a
    Master's degree and relevant work experience are strongly preferred.

    For more information, contact:

    Dr. Michael Sacks
    Department of Bioengineering
    Room 749 Benedum Hall
    Tel: 624-8985

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    Michael S. Sacks, Ph.D.

    Tissue Mechanics Laboratory
    Department of Bioengineering
    University of Pittsburgh
    Room 749 Benedum Hall
    3500 Ohara St.
    Pittsburgh PA 15261
    Tel: 412-624-8985
    Fax: 412-383-8788
    Pager: 412-740-9048

    Department website:
    lab website:

    "Systems of interacting forces and stimuli don't have to be very
    complicated before the unaided human intuition can no longer predict
    accurately what the net result should be. At this point computer
    simulations, or other mathematical models, become necessary. Without the
    aid of mechanicians, and others skilled in simulation and modeling,
    developmental biology will remain a prisoner of our inadequate and
    conflicting physical intuitions and metaphors." - A.K. Harris
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