Amit Pathak, PhD

Amit Pathak, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University

Research Interest

Tumor cells navigate the 3D tissue environment surrounding the primary tumor through physical cell-ECM interactions. However, the biophysical basis for this mechano-regulated tumor cell migration is not completely understood. This gap in knowledge remains due to a lack of in-vitro matrix scaffolds that permit controlled manipulation of various ECM parameters in cell culture scaffolds composed of soft ECMs that mimic tissue microenvironment.


  • 2008: PhD, biomechanics, University of California, Santa Barbara


  • 2009 - 2012: Fellow, bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Research Publications

Nucleoli in epithelial cell collectives respond to tumorigenic, spatial, and mechanical cues.
  • Flick Jaecker F, Almeida JA, Krull CM, Pathak A
  • Mol Biol Cell 2022

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