C. Ross Ethier

C. Ross



Primary School/Department: 
Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Title 2: 
Georgia Research Alliance Lawrence L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Eminent Scholar in Bioengineering

Office Location: 
IBB 2306
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Keywords:

Biomechanics, mechanobiology, glaucoma, ophthalmology, osteoarthritis, regenerative medicine

Research Affiliations:

Research Center Affiliations: 
Center for Medical Robotics
Regenerative Engineering and Medicine (REM)

Research Areas:

Research Areas: 
Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
Regenerative Medicine

Research Interests:

Biomechanics and mechanobiology, glaucoma, osteoarthritis, regenerative medicine, intraocular pressure control, optic nerve head biomechanics.

We work at the boundaries between mechanics, cell biology and physiology to better understand the role of mechanics in disease, to repair diseased tissues, and to prevent mechanically-triggered damage to tissues and organs. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness. We carry out a range of studies to understand and treat this disease. For example, we are developing a new, mechanically-based, strategy to protect fragile neural cells that, if successful, will prevent blindness. We are developing protocols for stem-cell based control of intraocular pressure. We study the mechanobiology and biomechanics of neurons and glial cells in the optic nerve head. We also study VIIP, a major ocular health concern in astronauts. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain. We are developing paradigms based on magneto-mechanical stimulation to promote the differentiation and (appropriate) proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells.