Imperial College London

DrArmandoDel Rio Hernandez

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Reader in Cellular and Molecular Mechanotransduction



+44 (0)20 7594 5187a.del-rio-hernandez




308Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Force is ubiquitous in nature at all levels of organization. At the cellular scale, physical stimuli integrate with biochemical signals to orchestrate the precisely controlled pathways of proteins interaction that govern the fate of cells. A failure or modification of this subtle control mark the onset of numerous human disorders, particularly those that are highly sensitive to mechanical cues such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Our research is focused on elucidating the mechanisms through which mechanical forces entwine with chemical signaling to regulate the behavior of cells and molecules in physiological conditions; and how these mechanisms are lost or altered in pathological scenarios. To this end, we use a combination of microscopy, nanotechnology, biochemical engineering, and cellular and molecular biology approaches.

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Dr. Simon Attwood - Research Associate

Dr. Benjamin Robinson - Research Associate

Dr. Muge Sarper - Research Associate

Mr. J. Ernesto Cortes Lopez - Research Assistant

Mr. Anthony Chronopoulos - PhD student

Mr. Mario Polo - MRes student

Mr. Alexander Haining - PhD student

Mrs. Irene Alonso - Visiting postgraduate student