Ming Dao is the principal investigator and director of MIT’s Nanomechanics Laboratory and a principal research scientist in DMSE. He teaches 3.35 (Fracture and Fatigue) and 3.22 (Structure and Mechanics of Materials), which discusses the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties.
His 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 155 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, Nature Materials, Science Advances, Nature Communications, PNAS, and Small. He was ranked in the Top 2% Scientists list established by Ioannidis/Stanford University in all four updates published in June 2019, October 2020, October 2021, and November 2022. He is also ranked as a top 0.5% researcher in both citation and h-index by
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 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, and was a visiting professor with the National Institute of Blood Transfusion in Paris, and an adjunct professor with Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Since 2018, he has been a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has also chaired or co-chaired 18 international symposiums and workshops.