Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Professor Lanir worked in industrial research and development until 1968. On completing post-doctoral training at the University of California, San Diego (1970-73), he joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion-IIT in 1973, and served as its head from1974-75. He was appointed a Full Professor in 1988. During this period he was a Visiting Professor at Michigan State University from1979-81 and Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1986, and acted as a scientific consultant at the Weizmann Institute of Science from 1982-85. Since then he was a Visitting Scholar and Visitting Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, University of California at Irvine, Auckland University and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes. Since 1998 Professor Lanir has held the Marcus Reiner Chair in Rheology. From 1990-1998 he was a member of the World Council on Biomechanics. Professor Lanir has been the coordinator of the undergraduate program in BME studies since its inception in 1996 till 2002. He is the coordinator of the Laboratory for the Mechanics and Function of Cells, Tissues and Organs.
Our primary research activity is the basic and applied quantitative analysis of the mechanics and function of cells, tissues and organs. Theoretical and experimental studies range from cellular mechano-transduction, through the fundamental aspects of tissues' material properties, to pathophysiological processes. We are investigating the underlying morphological, mechanical, transport and physicochemical mechanisms, and their integration from the nano and micro scale into the overall macro behavior. Our studies of the coronary circulation focus on the interaction of blood flow with cardiac contraction, regulation of the coronary flow, analysis of pathophysiological cardiological events and of their diagnosis.