Ning Wang uses advanced research techniques to gain a fundamental understanding of cell mechanics, including cytoskeletal biomechanics and control of cell form and function; bio-imaging of cytoskeletal structures and stress distribution in living cells; mechanotransduction, nuclear deformation and gene expression; and mechanical biotechnologies and their applications to cells, tissues, and organisms. Wang’s current research interests include stem cell mechanics, tumor cell mechanics and biology, and nanobiotechnology applied to probing intracellular mechanical and biological behaviors, and mechanotransduction pathways between cell-matrix, cell-cell, and cytoplasm-nucleus.
Wang earned his MS in Biomedical Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology and his ScD in Physiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has affiliate appointments at the Beckman Institute, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, and the departments of Bioengineering and Biomedical and Translational Sciences. Wang has authored over 120 publications in the field of cell mechanics, mechanotransduction, and mechanobiology, and he has received several patents for his work.