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Ming Dao is the director and principal investigator of MIT’s Nanomechanics Laboratory and senior research scientist in DMSE. He teaches 3.35 (Fracture and Fatigue) and 3.22 (Structure and Mechanics of Materials), which discuss the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties.
Dao’s research interests include nanomechanics of advanced materials, cell biomechanics and biophysics of human diseases, and machine learning for engineering and biomedical applications. He has published more than 165 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, Nature Materials, Science Advances, Nature Communications, PNAS, ACS Nano, Biomaterials, and Small. He was ranked in the Top 2% Scientists list established by Ioannidis/Stanford University in all five updates published since 2019. He is also ranked as a top 0.5% researcher in citation and h-index by
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2016) and twice received the best paper award from the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials (2006 and 2013). He was named the 2012 Singapore Research Chair Professor in Bioengineering and Infectious Disease by MIT, a visiting professor at the National Institute of Blood Transfusion in Paris (2016 to 2017), an adjunct professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China (2011 to 2020), and a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2018 to 2024). He has also chaired or co-chaired 18 international symposiums and workshops.