Subra Suresh




Prof. Suresh's research is in the following areas:

  • Nanomechanics of biological cells and molecules, and human disease states
  • Structure-Mechanical Property-Disease connections in the context of P. falciparum malaria, hereditary blood cell disorders and cancer
  • Computational simulations of cellular and molecular deformation and shape thermodynamics
  • High force optical tweezers studies of biological cells and human disease states
  • Nanostructured materials
  • Nanoindentation and microindentation

The Suresh research group at MIT includes faculty, technical staff, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and visiting scientists who conduct research in experimental, analytical, and computational aspects of the properties of engineered and biological materials, particularly at the sub-microscopic and nanoscopic length scales. Their work also seeks to establish connections between subcellular reorganization induced by human disease states and overall mechanical response of living cells and molecules.

Selected Publications

X. Ding, Z. Peng, S.C.S. Lin, M. Geri, S. Li, P. Li, Y. Chen, M. Dao, S. Suresh, T.J. Huang, "Cell separation using tilted-angle standing surface acoustic waves," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 111 (2014) 12992-12997.

C.-C. Wang, Y.-W. Mao, Z.-W. Shan, M. Dao, J. Li, J. Sun, E. Ma, S. Suresh, "Real-time, high-resolution study of nanocrystallization and fatigue cracking in a cyclically strained metallic glass," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 110 (2013) 19725-19730.

M. Diez-Silva, Y.-K. Park, S. Huang, H. Bow, O. Mercereau-Puijalon, G. Deplaine, C. Lavazec, S. Perrot, S. Bonnefoy, M.S. Feld, J. Han, M. Dao, S. Suresh,  “Pf155/RESA protein influences the dynamic microcirculatory behavior of ring-stage Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells", Scientific Reports (Nature.com) 2 (2012) 614.

S. Suresh, “Cultivating global science” Science 336 (2012) 959.

P. Gu, M. Dao, R.J. Asaro, S. Suresh, “A unified mechanistic model for size-dependent deformation in nanocrystalline and nanotwinned metals,” Acta Materialia 59 (2011) 6861-6868.

A. Singh, L. Tang, M. Dao, L. Lu, S. Suresh, “Fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth characteristics of nanotwinned copper,” Acta Materialia 59 (2011) 2437-2446. 

S. Suresh, “Biomechanics and Biophysics of Cancer Cells,” Acta Biomaterialia 3 (2007) 413-438.

Related News

New way to model sickle cell behavior
Microfluidic device allows researchers to predict behavior of patients’ blood cells.
January 21, 2015
New discoveries in how immune system fights malaria
Study reveals immune cells that are critical to combating the parasite in early stages of infection.
January 14, 2014
Professor Suresh named Franklin Institute Laureate
Professor Suresh, who is currently serving as director of the National Science Foundation, will receive the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science for his contribut
October 23, 2012
New understanding of malaria protein
Protein impedes microcirculation of malaria-infected red blood cells; MIT-led research team finds that protein significantly reduces infected cells’ ability to squeeze through tiny channels compare
August 31, 2012
Professor Suresh elected to NAS
Congratulations to Professor Subra Suresh who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences!  Prof. Suresh is currently head of the National Science Foundation.
May 1, 2012
Prof. Suresh interviewed by Washington Post
Prof. Suresh talks about his educational and professional background and what he is now doing at the National Science Foundation.
February 9, 2012
Prof. Suresh has an editorial in Science Magazine August 11, 2011
Professor Suresh receives 2011 Nadai Medal from ASME July 25, 2011
Prof. Suresh tapped as NSF head
On Thursday, June 3, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Prof. Subra Suresh as Director of the National Science Foundation.  Prof.
June 3, 2010