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Office Location:
338 Roberts Engineering Hall

Mailing address:
338 Roberts Engineering Hall
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Phone: 412-268-2504

Other Affiliations:
Departments of Biological Sciences, Computational Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering; McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems; Director, Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems


Philip LeDuc, PhD

William J. Brown Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

The Leduc lab works at the intersection of mechanical engineering and biology by envisioning cells and molecules as systems that can be investigated with some of the same fundamental approaches used on machines such as planes and automobiles looking for unifying principles. These systems range from mammalian cells to microorganisms to developmental biology systems and apply principles from mechanical engineering fields to understand how these principles may apply across diverse nature-based systems.

In the energy domain, the lab is focused on algae and bacterial fuel cells. My lab conducts basic science and applied research in crossing over mechanical engineering approaches including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, control theory, etc. with biological systems ranging from algae to artificial cells to developmental biology.

Biological “Systems”-Based Mechanical Engineering Approaches (Beckman Young Investigator-2nd CMU professor to win, DOE, NSF, ONR, AFOSR). An important goal of my work is to investigate biological systems with mechanical engineering approaches, which we enable by synthesizing novel technologies. We are working with biological systems ranging from mammalian cells to artificial cells to developmental systems using mechanical engineering approaches (solid mechanics, fluid dynamics, controls, design). (Nature Nanotechnology, Trends in Biotechnology, Applied Physics Letters, JACS, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, Nature).

We also founded the Center for the Mechanics and Engineering of Cellular Systems (CMECS) at CMU including over 20 faculty members from engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science, with the goal of using mechanical engineering with cellular systems to address biological problems ranging from disease to bioenergy to malnutrition in third-world countries.


Bioengineering, biomechanics, biomimetic tissue constructs, cell engineering, biomaterials, tissue engineering, machine learning, biomedical manufacturing


Lab website:

Department Profile 

Lab Members

Akash Garg PhD Student
Andrés Arias-Rosales PhD Student
Ernest Kabuye PhD Student
Jennifer Bone PhD Student
Justin Bobo PhD Student
Latifah Almaghrabi PhD Student
Nolan Frey PhD Student
Nolan Keeys PhD Student
Rudy Torres PhD Student
Stephen Coyle PhD Student
Susana Beltrán PhD Student
Utku Sönmez PhD Student