Research in the Dhong Lab focuses on the role of mechanical forces at biological interfaces and how these forces lead to information or control. We are interested in what forces inform the human sense of touch and how these forces can be controlled to recapitulate tactile sensations. Our other interests are developing unconventional platforms that measure mechanical properties or apply precise mechanical forces at the tissue or single-cell level.

Our research combines soft matter mechanics and materials science to answer basic questions in those fields and extends these insights to tactile perception and cellular mechanics.