Guy Genin

Green Hall, Room 3120D

PhD, Harvard University, 1997
SM, Harvard University, 1993
MS, Case Western Reserve University, 1992
BSCE, Case Western Reserve University, 1990

Guy Genin

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Harold and Kathleen Faught Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Mechanobiology, biomechanics, quantitative image analysis, interfaces and adhesion


Guy Genin studies interfaces and adhesion in nature, physiology, and engineering. His current research focuses on interfaces between tissues at the attachment of tendon to bone, between cells in cardiac fibrosis, and between protein structures at the periphery of plant and animal cells.


Professor Genin joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 following postdoctoral research at Cambridge and Brown. He is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. He is chief engineer for WashU’s Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology, and WashU's PI for the NSF Science and Technology Center for Engineering MechanoBiology. He serves as the McDonnell International Scholars Academy ambassador to Xi’an Jiaotong University, and serves as Changjiang Professor of Life Sciences at that university.

Professor Genin is the recipient of several awards for engineering design, teaching, and research, including a Research Career Award from the National Institutes of Health, the Skalak Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Professor of the Year from Washington University in St. Louis, the Yangtze River Scholar Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education, and best paper awards from several conferences and journals including the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.

He has chaired the ASME Tissue and Cellular Engineering Technical Committee, and currently serves as co-lead of the NIH working group on integrated multiscale biomechanics experiment and modeling. He has organized several major conferences and international workshops, including the 2015 ASME International Conference and Exhibition on Nanoengineering in Medicine and Biology (NEMB 2015). He has served on the editorial boards and as an editor, guest editor, or associate editor of a number of journals, and is a fellow of ASME and AIMBE.

Studies interfaces & adhesion in physiology & nature