In recent decades scientists have become increasingly aware that all solid tissue cells are mechanically sensitive and can literally feel their physical surroundings, discriminating soft from stiff as well as discerning thickness and shape. Dr. Amnon Buxboim’s research in the Alexander Grass Center for Bioengineering is exploring the physical and mechanical cues that define tissue and organ architectures during processes such as embryonic development and regulating cell division.
After gaining his B.Sc. at the Hebrew University Buxboim spent three years working in R&D positions in Israeli industry before returning to academia. He has just returned from a five-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. By joining the Hebrew University, Buxboim says he has, “gained access to an excellent pool of smart and dedicated students with a good portion of Israeli ‘chutzpa', and the collegial working environment is unparalleled.”