Subra Suresh

Vannevar Bush Professor Emeritus of Engineering
Bachelor of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, 1977
MS, Iowa State University, 1979
ScD, MIT, 1981


  • Biomaterials
  • Biotechnology
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomechanics


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

Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first alumna, was the wife of Robert H. Richards, the first head of Course III.