Philip Bayly

Philip Bayly

Pronouns: He/him/his
Department Chair and The Lee Hunter Distinguished Professor

Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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    Jubel Hall, Room 125G
  • Lab location
    Jubel Hall, Room 331


Develops imaging methods to study biomechanics from cell motility to traumatic brain injury


Mechanics of cells and soft tissues; nonlinear dynamics; waves and oscillations


Professor Bayly studies impact, vibration, wave motion, and instability in mechanical and biomedical systems. He uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the mechanics of brain injury and brain development. He also studies the nonlinear dynamic phenomena that underlie the oscillatory movements of cells and microorganisms.


Professor Bayly has been a member of the faculty at Washington University since 1993. In 1996, he was the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2004, he was awarded Engineering Professor of the Year and he has twice received the School of Engineering & Applied Science "Big Fish" Award for graduate student mentoring.

From 1988 to 1990, Professor Bayly worked as an engineer for Pitney Bowes in Stamford, CT and for the Shriners Hospital in Springfield, MA.