Dennis and Barbara Kessler Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor Taber came to Washington University in St. Louis in 1997 as a founding member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
From 1982 to 1997, he was a professor at the University of Rochester in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. From 1978 to 1982, he was a research engineer in the Biomedical Science Department at the General Motors Research Laboratories.
Professor Taber's current research centers primarily on biomechanical mechanisms of morphogenesis. Using a combination of experimental and theoretical/computational techniques, his lab studies the role that mechanical forces play in the development of the heart, brain, and eye. His long-term goals are (1) determine the biomechanical mechanisms that drive and regulate morphogenesis and (2) construct realistic computational models for developing tissues and organs that can be used to predict congenital malformations caused by mechanical perturbations.