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Richard Dickinson, Ph.D.

Richard B. Dickinson


Areas of Interest

Biomolecular Motors and Cell Motility
Biomedical Device-Centered Infections
Adhesion-Mediated Cell Migration
We apply engineering principles to study the behavior of living cells. That is, we use a combination of mathematical modeling, quantitative experimentation, together with the tools of biochemistry and molecular cell biology to better understand the relationship between cell function and the physical and molecular properties of cells and their surroundings. The field is often called cellular bioengineering or cellular engineering.


National Science Foundation CAREER Award
American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow


Ph.D., 1992, University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

  • Shekhar N*, Wu J*, Dickinson RB and Lele TP. “Cytoplasmic dynein: tension generation on microtubules and the nucleus.” Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, Cell Mol Bioeng. Mar 1; 6(1):74-81 (2013).
  • Wu J, Misra G, Russell RJ, Ladd AJ, Lele TP, Dickinson RB. “Effects of Dynein on Microtubule Mechanics and Centrosome Positioning.” Molecular Biology of the Cell. 22(24):4834-41 (2011).
  • Russell, R., Grubbs, A., Mangroo, S., Nakasone, S., Dickinson. R. B. and T P. Lele. “Sarcomere length fluctuations and flow in living cells.” Cytoskeleton. 68(3):150-6. (2011).
  • Wu, J., Lee, K. C., Dickinson, R. B. and T. P. Lele. “How dynein and microtubules rotate the nucleus.” J. Cell Physiol 226(10):2666-74. (2011).
  • Breitsprecher, D., Kiesewetter, A. K., Linkner, J., Vinzenz, M., Stradal, T.E.B., Small, J.V., Curth, U., Dickinson, R. B. and J. Faix. “Molecular mechanism of Ena/VASP-mediated actin filament elongation”. EMBO J. Feb 2; 30(3):456-67. (2011).
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