Growing up in Germany, Jan Lammerding initially followed a traditionally engineering trajectory. Taking apart everything from cameras and clocks to radios as a kid, he went on to study mechanical engineering at the Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Universität (University of Technology) Aachen, in Aachen, Germany. Supported by a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), he spent a year at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The interdisciplinary environment at Thayer School reinforced his longstanding interest in combining engineering with biology. After receiving his Diplom Ingenieur degree in Germany, he completed a PhD in the newly founded Biological Engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), designing new techniques to study the biophysical properties of cells under the supervision of Drs. Roger Kamm and Richard Lee.
Following a brief post-doctoral training in Dr. Richard Lee’s laboratory at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Jan Lammerding was appointed as Instructor and subsequently Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During that time, he also served as Lecturer in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT, teaching a class in molecular, cell, and tissue biomechanics in the new Biological Engineering major. In 2011, Jan Lammerding was recruited to the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology at Cornell University, where he is now an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering (BMW) and serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the BME PhD program.
Weill Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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