Ming Dao

  • Principal Investigator & Director, Nanomechanics Lab
  • Principal Research Scientist, DMSE
  • Ph.D. Materials Science, 1994, University of California - San Diego
  • M.S. Materials Science, 1991, University of California - San Diego
  • B.Eng. Engineering Mechanics, 1989, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Biomaterials; Computational Materials Science; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

Ming Dao

Recent News

Ming Dao Research on Sickle Cells

One of the most common complications of sickle-cell disease occurs when deformed red blood cells clump together, blocking tiny blood vessels and causing severe pain and swelling in the affected body parts. A new study from MIT sheds light on how these events, known as vaso-occlusive pain…  

How to bend and stretch a diamond

Diamond is well-known as the strongest of all natural materials, and with that strength comes another tightly linked property: brittleness. But now, an international team of researchers from MIT, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea has found that when grown in extremely tiny, needle-like shapes,…  

Discovery could help treatments for sickle cell disease

DMSE's Ming Dao, along with Postdoc Peter T.C. So, co-authored a study regarding sickle cell disease and the hydroxyurea action. "Our findings shine a light on the mechanism behind hydroxyurea action, which has long been debated in the scientific…  

How the spleen filters blood

Subra Suresh and Ming Dao have discovered that the shape and size of blood cells is determined by a tiny opening in the spleen called the interendothelial slit, where the cells undergo a sort of "physical fitness test" before they're able to continue circulating.  " '…  



K. Zolotovsky et al., “Fish-inspired flexible protective material systems with anisotropic bending stiffness”, Communications Materials, vol. 2, no. 1. Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2021.
E. Tsymbalov, Shi, Z., Dao, M., Suresh, S., Li, J., and Shapeev, A., “Machine learning for deep elastic strain engineering of semiconductor electronic band structure and effective mass”, npj Computational Materials, vol. 7, no. 1. Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2021.


G. E. Karniadakis and Dao, M., “Multiscale Modeling of Diseases: Overview”, in Handbook of Materials Modeling, Springer International Publishing, 2020, pp. 2541-2550.


Z. -J. Wang et al., “Cyclic deformation leads to defect healing and strengthening of small-volume metal crystals”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 112. pp. 13502-13507, 2015.


Y. Zhang, Yao, H., Ortiz, C., Xu, J., and Dao, M., “Bio-inspired interfacial strengthening strategy through geometrically interlocking designs”, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, vol. 15. pp. 70-77, 2012.


H. Yao et al., “Protection mechanisms of the iron-plated armor of a deep-sea hydrothermal vent gastropod”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 107. pp. 987-992, 2010.


I. S. Choi, Detor, A. J., Schwaiger, R., Dao, M., Schuh, C. A., and Suresh, S., “Mechanics of indentation of plastically graded materials - II: Experiments on nanocrystalline alloys with grain size gradients”, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, vol. 56. pp. 172-183, 2008.


K. Tai, Dao, M., Suresh, S., Palazoglu, A., and Ortiz, C., “Nanoscale heterogeneity promotes energy dissipation in bone”, Nature Materials, vol. 6. pp. 454-462, 2007.


M. Dao, Chollacoop, N., Van Vliet, K. J., Venkatesh, T. A., and Suresh, S., “Computational modeling of the forward and reverse problems in instrumented sharp indentation”, Acta Materialia, vol. 49. pp. 3899-3918, 2001.