"This kind of structure is conserved in a variety of dissimilar systems that respond to forces in a manner similar," said Engler. The long bones of the human skeleton are another example, where their elongated and cylindrical form optimizes the distribution of body weight while remaining very light.
Engler hopes that the observations and connections he and his coauthors make regarding the ubiquitous need for vastly different cells, tissues, organs and organisms to use common biological modules will encourage other scientists and engineers to think beyond their specific areas of specialization.
"In our Science paper, I think we have arrived at an interesting way to describe known biological processes and bring concepts together that are traditionally not considered," said Engler. "I hope this paper will encourage researchers to interact with disciplines previously assumed to be dissimilar and foster new interdisciplinary interactions like we have here at UCSD with the Institute for Engineering in Medicine."
Engler's primary appointment is in the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering. The Department of Bioengineering ranks 2nd in the nation for biomedical engineering, according to the latest US News rankings. The bioengineering department has ranked among the top five programs in the nation every year for the past decade.
Engler has secondary appointments in Material Science and Biomedical Sciences. He is a member of the UCSD Stem Cell Institute and the UCSD Institute for Engineering in Medicine.
Engler is a bioengineer and mechanical engineer by training. He earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to a post doctoral fellowship in molecular bio
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