Michael Smith, PhD

Boston University


Michael Smith received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Michael is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, which he joined in 2008 after a postdoctoral fellowship in Materials Science with Viola Vogel at the ETH Zurich. Michael is the recipient of numerous teaching awards at BU and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Broadly speaking, Michael’s lab investigates the role of the extracellular matrix in mechanobiology, and his lab has investigated the impact of mechanical stretch on the biological functions of the extracellular matrix, developed novel, bioinspired materials based on extracellular matrix proteins, and studied how cell-matrix and cell-cell contacts regulate tensional homeostasis of cells and cell clusters.