Our Mission

The Mechanobiology Institute is committed to developing better ways to bring together the multi-disciplinary expertise that is needed to understand the systems biology of mechanical functions. In approaching integrated functions such as biomechanics, a single lab often does not have the resources to study all of the relevant parameters; however, innovation and insights will continue to be driven most rapidly by single investigators in a collaborative environment. —excerpt from Director Sheetz’s message. Read more.

Researchers at work in the MBI's core laboratories, 10th floor T-Lab, NUS.

Unlimited possibilities

MBI provides an open platform to bring outstanding scientists and their projects to Singapore while providing high-quality training for students and scientists in quantitative systems approaches to understanding biomechincal functions. We are working on new ways of studying diseases through the mechanisms of molecule, cell and tissue mechanics to further the advancement of the discipline and the future of mechanobiology.

The Mechanobiology Institute’s mission is to

  • understand the mechanical aspects of cells and tissues that create organism form and function,
  • define a fundamental set of mechanobiological operations from which these complex biological functions are built,
  • establish this as a world-wide standard to unify the description and understanding of normal and diseased functions,
  • and develop a robust multidisciplinary approach to mechanobiology, embracing an open research platform to achieve synergism and to train a new generation of researchers and students.

The Institute serves as a nucleus for cutting-edge research and workforce training in Singapore by

  • attracting, supporting and retaining world-class investigators to conduct high-quality and high-impact research,
  • enhancing postgraduate research training and education,
  • creating new knowledge in selected areas of focus, which are of academic significance and strategic relevance to Singapore.

We welcome your questions about our mission and our site.  Contact us.