Arruda Group

Soft Tissue and Polymer Mechanics Lab


The Arruda lab group focuses on two main categories: soft tissue biomechanics, and polymer mechanics. We strive to understand and characterize the mechanical properties of a wide variety of biological tissue and soft matter through experimental and computational techniques. Our latest applications include lattices and topological structures for impact mitigation. 

Meet the students that compose both the soft tissue biomechanics and polymer mechanics groups

Ellen Arruda is the primary investigator of the lab group. Learn more about her in her section.

Learn about the research projects being performed by the lab group


Arruda group presents at Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference (SB3C)

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez, Peter Kuetzig, Charlotte Andreasen, and Michael Hernández Lamberty present their research at the SB3C. The conference was held at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from June 11 - June 14, 2024. 

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez and Charlotte Andreasen awarded with ICTAM 2024 Travel Fellowship

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez and Charlotte Andreasen were awarded ICTAM Travel Fellowships provided by the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM).

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez and Michael Hernández Lamberty awarded with ICTAM 2024 Student Support Grant

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez and Michael Hernández Lamberty were awarded ICTAM Student Support Grant.

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez presents research at 2024 Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM)

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez presented her research project at the 2024 SEM Annual Conference held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington from June 3 - June 6, 2024.

Carla Nathaly Villacis Núñez is awarded 2024-2025 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral candidates working on dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful. She was one of the two Mechanical Engineering department students awarded the fellowship in 2024.