Berkeley Biomechanics Laboratory – Bone Biomechanics Lab
Professor Tony Keaveny
2162 Etcheverry Hall
Lab Website: bonelab.berkeley.edu
The Bone Biomechanics Lab — originally called the Berkeley Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory — was established by Professor Tony Keaveny in 1993. Together with Professor Grace O’Connell, Professor Keaveny now co-directs the Berkeley BioMechanics Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Bone Lab, Professor Keaveny’s group within the Berkeley BioMechanics Lab, focuses on the mechanical behavior of bone at multiple physical scales from molecule to whole bone, osteoporosis and bone disease, and design/analysis of bone-implant systems. A key theme is clinical relevance and ultimately clinical translation — we want the work we do to matter and to have a realistic pathway to influence healthcare in some manner. Our laboratory uses experimental and computational methods. The latter include geometrically and materially non-linear finite element analyses of whole bones generated directly from micro-CT scans, resulting in models having hundreds of millions of degrees of freedom and requiring massively parallel computation to solve. These computational capabilities are at the forefront of numerical structural analysis.