PhD, MS, MPhil, biomedical engineering, Yale University

BS, biomedical engineering, Texas A&M University

Matthew Bersi

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Assistant Professor


Bersi’s research interests are focused on using experimental and computational approaches to better understand the relationship between biomechanics and inflammation in soft tissues. To date, he has investigated the role of the immune system in hypertension, cardiac fibrosis and vascular injury and has developed tools to assess the mechanical properties of single cells using micropipette aspiration and mathematical modeling. While focused primarily on cardiovascular disease, this multiscale approach has applicability to understanding injury and disease processes in multiple tissues and organ systems. Bersi has multiple papers accepted or in-press in peer-reviewed journals, has made numerous presentations at conferences, and jointly holds a U.S. patent for the treatment of conditions associated with fibrosis and collagen deposition. He is also the recipient of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He joins the faculty Aug. 1.


Bersi joins McKelvey Engineering from Vanderbilt University, where he has been a postdoctoral research scholar in biomedical engineering since October 2016 and a member of the cardiovascular research training program in the division of cardiovascular medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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