Michelle L. Oyen

Michelle L. Oyen

Associate Professor

Biomedical Engineering

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PhD, University of Minnesota, 2005
MS, Michigan State University, 1998
BS, Michigan State University, 1996


Uses experimental and computational biomechanics techniques to study human pregnancy and preterm birth


Michelle Oyen has a background in materials and biomechanics and has worked on many problems within tissue mechanics and biomimetic materials. For over twenty years, she has had an increasing interest in pregnancy and women's health research, particularly in engineering approaches for prevention of and intervention into preterm birth.


Prior to joining the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in January, 2022, she was a member of the faculty at the Cambridge University Engineering Department in Cambridge, UK (2006-2018) and at East Carolina University (2018-2021).