“Growth is the only evidence of life” - John Henry Cardinal Newman
The CoMMaND (Computational Mechanics of Morphology at Notre Dame) Lab studies the role of mechanical forces in the growth and resulting shape of living organisms and their tissues.
Specifically, we use solid mechanics and computational approaches to address important questions about one of our most complex and least understood organs: the brain. Focusing on early development, we bring a new perspective to interdisciplinary research areas on the form and function of the brain in both health and disease. We work on both the application and further development of continuum mechanics, the finite element method, and growth and remodeling theory.