Amit Pathak

Amit Pathak

Pronouns: He/him/his

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

  • Phone
  • Office
    Jubel Hall, Room 303D
  • Lab location
    Jubel Hall, Room 335


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008
B.Tech/M.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2002


Studies mechanobiology of cancer metastasis and epithelial cell behaviors in complex environments


Cell migration, micro-fabrication and hydrogel synthesis, tumor microenvironment, cancer mechanobiology, and computational modeling of cell-matrix interactions


Amit Pathak's research interests include biomechanics, biomaterials, mechanobiology of the cell, and interactions between cells and extracellular matrices. In particular, his research aims to understand how mechanical properties of three-dimensional matrices affect cell behavior through various sub-cellular mechanisms. His lab tackles this multi-variable problem through a multidisciplinary approach that includes fabrication of new matrix platforms, development of advanced measurement tools in cell biology, and construction of predictive computational models.


Professor Pathak joined Washington University in St. Louis as assistant professor in January 2013 after completing his postdoctoral fellowship in Bioengineering at the University of California-Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California-Santa Barbara after finishing undergraduate studies at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. Professor Pathak is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2015) and Mallinckrodt New Investigator Award (2014).