Christian FranckAssociate Professor of Engineering
Christian Franck is a mechanical engineer specializing in biomechanics and new experimental mechanics techniques at the micro and nanoscale, and in particular on methods for quantifiying cell-matrix stresses in 3D for a variety of material systems. He received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2004 and 2008. His doctoral research was on the development of a quantitative three-dimensional experimental technique for applications in soft biomaterials and cellular traction investigations. Dr. Franck held a post-doctoral position at Harvard investigating brain and neural trauma before beginning his appointment at Brown in 2009.
Dr. Franck's research interests are at the intersection of mechanics and biology, and are primarily focused on what role physical forces play at the cellular and tissue level. A better quantitative understanding of the nature and role of these physical forces will have direct impacts in the development of new artificial tissues and drug treatments.
To conduct these experiments Dr. Franck is interested in the development of novel experimental techniques at the micro and nanoscale. These research instruments include three-dimensional optical methods such as confocal microscopy and atomic force microscopy.
More details and information can be found on Dr. Franck's website (see "Franck Lab" link on this page).