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Taher Saif

Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering

Taher Saif has been working on cancer for over fifteen years, with the goal is to explore the underlying mechanism of cellular mechanotransduction in a physiologically relevant context, particularly human diseases. Towards this goal, he has developed several modalities for measuring cell forces, new imaging methods that allow visualizing cells and their intracellular dynamics while they are under mechanical stretch. His current research includes mechanics of neurons and cardiac cells, in vitro metastasis of human colon cancer cells induced by mechanical microenvironmental, and development of biological machines from cell clusters. The central theme of his research is to address the fundamental question of how cells transduce mechanical signals to their functionality..

Taher Saif, PhD, received his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and Washington State University respectively in 1984 and 1986. He obtained his Ph.D degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 1993. He worked as a Post Doctoral Associate in Electrical Engineering and the National Nanofabrication Facility at Cornell University during 1993-97. He joined the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1997, and he was promoted to full Professor in 2006.