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Dr Calve


      Sarah joined the faculty of Purdue University in 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Biological Sciences (by courtesy). Her doctoral thesis “Morphological and Mechanical Characterization of Self-Assembled Tendons and Myotendinous Junctions,” was conducted under the guidance of Prof. Ellen Arruda at the University of Michigan. As a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Children’s Memorial Hospital, Sarah focused on the role of extracellular matrix remodeling during newt limb regeneration.

      During her graduate research, she developed a 3D, in vitro model of tendon comprised solely of primary tendon cells and the extracellular matrix they secreted. In order to accurately determine the stress-strain response it was necessary for her to build instrumentation that measured strain optically while simultaneously recording force data. Her research has focused on characterizing the influence of extracellular matrix remodeling during musculoskeletal regeneration and repair. She holds two patents for her muscle and tendon remodeling methods.



Dr. Sarah Calve

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering


  • BS, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 2000


  • MS, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, 2005

  • PhD, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • GE-Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2000 – 2005

  • Lubrizol Fellowship, 2001

  • NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH, 2007 – 2009

  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, 2017

  • BMES-CMBE Rising Star Junior Faculty Award, 2018

  • National Academy of Engineering, Japan–America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Invitee, 2018

  • Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, “Spotlight on the Future” Invited Paper, 2018

  • BMES Young Innovator Award 2019

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