Michelle Oyen will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering in January 2022 as associate professor.

Oyen joins BME from East Carolina University where she has been an associate professor in the Department of Engineering. Prior to her time at East Carolina University, Oyen was a Reader (senior academic position similar to full professor) at Cambridge University where she established a successful and independent research lab studying soft tissue mechanics and other biomaterials.

Oyen earned a doctorate in biophysical sciences and medical physics from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s in engineering mechanics and bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering, both from Michigan State University.

Oyen’s research interests include bioengineering approaches to the study of pregnancy and childbirth, mechanical properties of hydrogel and hydrogel composite materials, and biomimetic materials referencing both hard and soft natural tissues.