Anna L Kersey; Daniel Y Cheng; Kaivalya A Deo; Christina R Dubell; Ting-Ching Wang; Manish Jaiswal; Min Hee Kim; Tanmay P. Lele; Irtisha Singh, Akhilesh Gaharwar, “Stiffness Assisted Cell-Matrix Remodeling Trigger Mechanotransduction Regulatory Programs to Induce Stem Cell Differentiation”, Biomaterials, View pdf

Kelsey L. Scott, Charles T. Halfmann, Allison D. Hoefakker, Purboja Purkayastha, Ting Ching Wang, Tanmay P. Lele, and Kyle J. Roux, “Nucleocytoplasmic transport rates are regulated by cellular processes that modulate GTP availability”, Journal of Cell Biology, View pdf


Lele TP, Levy DL, Mishra K, “Editorial: Nuclear morphology in development and disease”, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology-Nuclear Organization and Dynamics, View pdf

Lee, Hung Pang; Davis Jr Ryan,Wang, Ting-Ching; Deo, Kaivalya; Xiao Kathy, Alge Daniel, Lele, Tanmay P and Gaharwar, Akhilesh. “Dynamically crosslinked granular hydrogels for 3D printing and therapeutic delivery”, ACS Applied Biomaterials, accepted

Dickinson R.B. and Lele T.P., “Nuclear shapes are geometrically determined by the excess surface area of the nuclear lamina”, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology-Nuclear Organization and Dynamics, View pdf

Dickinson R.B. and Lele T.P. “A new function for nuclear lamins: providing surface tension to the nuclear drop”. Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering, View pdf

Lee, Hung Pang; Cai, Kathy; Wang, Ting-Ching; Deo, Kaivalya; Lele, Tanmay; Gaharwar, Akhilesh. “Dynamically Crosslinked Thermoresponsive Granular Hydrogels”. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, In press.

Vani Narayanan, Purboja Purkayastha, Bo Yu, Kavya Pendyala, Sasanka Chukkapalli, Jolene I Cabe, Richard B. Dickinson, Daniel E Conway, Tanmay P Lele, “Rho activation drives luminal collapse and eversion in epithelial acini”, Biophysical Journal, View PDF

Anurag Purushothaman, Mohammad Mojaheri and Tanmay P. Lele, “The role of glycans in the mechanobiology of cancer”, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2023 Jan 21;102935 View PDF


Taubenberger A and Lele T.P., Soft matter aspects of cancer, Soft Matter. In press.

Ellison ST, Duraivel S, Subramaniam V, Hugosson F, Yu B, Lebowitz JJ, Khoshbouei H, Lele TP, Martindale MQ, Angelini TE., “Cellular micromasonry: biofabrication with single cell precision.” Soft Matter. 2022 Nov 9. VIEW PDF

Katiyar A, Zhang J, Antani J.D., Yu Y, Scott K.L., Lele P.P., Reinhart-King C.A., Sniadcki N.J., Roux K.J., Dickinson R.B. and Lele T.P., “The nucleus bypasses obstacles by deforming like a drop with surface tension mediated by lamin A/C”, Advanced Science, VIEW PDF

Atanasova K, Chakraborty S, Ratnayake R, Khare K, Luesch H, Lele T.P., “An epigenetic small molecule screen to target abnormal nuclear morphology in human cells”, Molecular Biology of the Cell, VIEW PDF

Jones M, Dahl KN, Lele T, Conway D, Shenoy V, Ghosh S, Szczesny S. The Elephant in the Cell: Nuclear Mechanics and Mechanobiology. J Biomech Eng. 2022 Feb 11. doi: 10.1115/1.4053797. VIEW PDF


Singh I. and Lele T.P., Nuclear morphological abnormalities in cancer – a search for unifying mechanisms, 2021, In: Kloc M. (eds) Nuclear, chromosomal and genomic architecture in biology and medicine. Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation, accepted.

Dickinson R.B., Katiyar, A., Dubell, C., and Lele T.P., Viscous shaping of the compliant nucleus, 2021, APL Bioengineering. VIEW PDF

Purkayastha, P., Jaiswal, M., Lele, T.P., Molecular cancer cell responses to solid compressive stress and interstitial fluid pressure, 2021, Cytoskeleton. VIEW PDF

Purkayastha, P., Pendyala, K., Saxena, A.S., Hakimjavadi, H., Chamala, S., Dixit, P., Baer, C.F., Lele, T.P., Reverse plasticity underlies rapid evolution by clonal selection within populations of fibroblasts propagated on a novel soft substrate, 2021, Molecular Biology and Evolution. VIEW PDF

Antani, J., Sumali, A., Lele, T.P., Lele, P.P., Asymmetric random walks reveal that the chemotaxis network modulates flagellar rotational bias in Helicobacter pylori, 2021, eLife. VIEW PDF

Tamashunas, A. C., Katiyar, A., Zhang, Q., Purkayastha, P., Singh, P.K., Chukkapalli, S.S., Lele, T.P., Osteoprotegerin is sensitive to actomyosin tension in human periodontal ligament fibroblasts, 2020, Journal of Cellular Physiology. VIEW PDF

Chamala, S., Starostik, P., Majety, S., Newsom, K.J., Cherabuddi, K., Iovine, N.M., Flax, S., Reeves, M., Joshi-Guske, M.J., Downey, M.M., Lele, T.P., Clare-Salzler, M.J., Optimizing COVID-19 Testing Capabilities and Clinical Management Using Pathology Informatics, 2020, JAMIA. VIEW PDF

O’Bryan, C.S., Zhang, Q., Lele, T.P., and Angelini, T.E., 2019, Mechanical indentation assay of glandular acini, Bioprotocol. VIEW PDF

Katiyar. A., Antani, J.D., McKee, B.P., Gupta, R., Lele, P.P., Lele, T.P., 2020, A method for direct imaging of x-z cross-sections of fluorescent samples, Journal of Microscopy. VIEW PDF

Agrawal, A., and Lele, T.P., 2020, Geometry of the nuclear envelope determines its flexural stiffness, Molecular Biology of the Cell. VIEW PDF

Tamashunas, A.C., Tocco,V.J., Matthews, J., Zhang, Q., Atanasova, K.R., Paschall, L., Pathak, S., Ratnayake, R., Stephens, A.D., Luesch, H., Licht, J.D., Lele, T.P., 2020, High-throughput gene screen reveals modulators of nuclear shape, Molecular Biology of the Cell. VIEW PDF

Chawla, R., Gupta, R.P., Lele, T.P., Lele, P., 2020, A skeptic’s guide to bacterial mechanosensing, Journal of Molecular Biology, 432(2):523-533. VIEW PDF

Katiyar, A., Tocco, V.J., Li, Y., Aggarwal, V., Tamashunas, A., Dickinson, R.B., Lele, T.P., 2019, Nuclear size changes caused by local motion of cell boundaries unfold the nuclear lamina and dilate chromatin and intranuclear bodies, Soft Matter, 15(45):9310-9317. VIEW PDF

Lele, T.P., Brock, A., Peyton, S., 2019, Emerging concepts and tools in cell mechanomemory, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. VIEW PDF

Zhang, Q., Narayanan, V., Mui, K.L., O’Bryan, C.S., Anderson, R.H., Birendra, K.C., Davis, J.I., Denis, K.B., Antoku, S., Roux, K.J., Dickinson, R.B., Angelini, T.E., Gundersen, G.G, Conway, D.E., Lele, T.P., 2019, Mechanical stabilization of the glandular acinus by linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton complex, Current Biology, 29(17):2826-2839. VIEW PDF

Bennett, R., Bele, A., Small, E., Will, C., Nabet, B., Oyer, J., Huang, X., Ghosh, R., Grzybowski, A., Yu, T., Zhang, Q., Riva, A., Lele, T.P., Schatz, G., Kelleher, N., Ruthenburg, A., Liphardt, J., Licht, J., 2019, A Mutation in Histone H2B Represents a New Class of Oncogenic Driver, Cancer Discovery, 9(10):1438-1451. VIEW PDF

Agrawal, A., Lele, T.P., 2019, Mechanics of the nuclear membranes, Journal of Cell Science, 132(14). VIEW PDF

Halfmann, C., Sears, R., Katiyar, A., Busselman, B., Aman, L., Zhang, Q., O’Bryan, C., Angelini, T.E., Lele, T.P., Roux, K., 2019, Repair of nuclear ruptures requires barrier-to-autointegration factor, Journal of Cell Biology, 218(7):2136-2149. VIEW PDF

Kent, I., Zhang, Q., Katiyar, A., Li, Y., Pathak, S., Dickinson, R.B., Lele, T.P., 2019, Apical cell protrusions cause vertical deformation of the soft cancer nucleus, Journal of Cellular Physiology, 234(11):20675-20684. VIEW PDF

Zhang, Q., Tamashunas, A., Agrawal, A., Torbati, M., Katiyar, A., Dickinson, R.B., Lammerding, J., Lele, T.P., 2018, Local, transient tensile stress on the nuclear membrane causes membrane rupture, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 30(7):899-906. VIEW PDF

Lele, T.P., Dickinson, R.B., and Gundersen, G.G., 2018, Mechanical principles of nuclear shaping and positioning, Journal of Cell Biology, 217(10):3330-3342. VIEW PDF

Chukkapalli, S., and Lele,T.P. 2018, Periodontal cell mechanotransduction, Open Biology., 8(9):180053. VIEW PDF

Zhang, Q., Tamashunas, A., and Lele, T.P. (2018), A Direct Force Probe for measuring mechanical integration between the nucleus and cytoskeleton, Journal of Visualized Experiments, (137):58083.

A Direct Force Probe for Measuring Mechanical Integration Between the Nucleus and the Cytoskeleton

Book Chapter
Tocco V.J., Neelam S., Zhang Q., Dickinson R.B., Lele T.P. (2018) Direct Force Probe for Nuclear Mechanics. In: Gundersen G., Worman H. (eds) The LINC Complex, vol 1840, Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press, New York, pp. 81-90.

Tocco, V.J., Li, Y., Christopher, K.G., Matthews, J.H., Aggarwal, V., Paschall, L, Luesch, H., Licht, J.D., Dickinson, R.B., and Lele, T.P. 2017, The nucleus is irreversibly shaped by motion of cell boundaries in cancer and non-cancer cells, Journal of Cellular Physiology. 233(2):1446-1454. JCP spotlight article VIEW PDF

Aggarwal, V., and Lele, T.P. 2017, Intracellular concentration gradients that mirror external gradients in microfluidic flows: a computational analysis, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 10(2):1-10. VIEW PDF

Kent, I. and Lele, T.P. 2017. Microtubule-Based Force Generation, WIREs Nanomed Nanobiotechnol, 9(3). VIEW PDF

Alam, S., Zhang, Q., Prasad, N., Li, Y., Chamala, S., Kuchibhotla, R., KC, B., Aggarwal, V., Shrestha, S., Jones, A., Levy, S., Roux, K., Nickerson, J., and Lele, T.P., 2016, The mammalian LINC complex regulates genome transcriptional responses to substrate rigidity, Scientific Reports, 6:38063. VIEW PDF

Torbati, M., Lele, T.P., and Agrawal, A., 2016, On the Ultra-Donut Topology of The Nuclear Envelope, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(40):11094-11099. VIEW PDF

Kent, I., Rane, P.S., Dickinson, R.B., Ladd, A.J.C., and Lele, T.P., 2016, Transient Pinning and Pulling: A Mechanism for Bending Microtubules, PLOS One, 11(3):e0151322. VIEW PDF

Aggarwal, V., Dickinson, R.B., and Lele, T.P., 2016, Concentration sensing by the moving nucleus in cell fate determination: a computational analysis, PLOS One, 11(2): e0149213. VIEW PDF

Torbati, M., Lele, T.P., and Agrawal, A., 2016, An unresolved LINC in the nuclear envelope. Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 9(2):252–257. VIEW PDF

Neelam, S., Hayes, P., Zhang, Q., Dickinson, R. B., and Lele, T. P., 2016, Vertical uniformity of cells and nuclei in epithelial monolayers, Scientific Reports, 6:19689. VIEW PDF F1000Prime

Zhang, Q., Kota, K. P., Alam, S. G., Nickerson, J. A., Dickinson, R. B., and Lele, T. P., 2016, Coordinated dynamics of RNA splicing speckles in the nucleus. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 231: 1269–1275. Article Highlighted and chosen for Cover Art. VIEW PDF

Neelam, S., Dickinson, R.B., and Lele, T.P., 2016, New approaches for understanding the nuclear force balance in living, adherent cells, Methods 94 (2016) 27–32. VIEW PDF

Dickinson, R.B., Neelam, S., and Lele, T.P., 2015, Dynamic, mechanical integration between nucleus and cell- where physics meets biology, Nucleus, 6(5):360-365. VIEW PDF

Li, Y., Lovett, D., Zhang, Q., Neelam, S., Kuchibhotla, R.A., Zhu, R., Gundersen, G.G., Lele, T.P., and Dickinson, R.B., 2015, Moving cell boundary drives nuclear flattening during cell spreading, Biophysical Journal, 109(4):670-686. VIEW PDF

Dickinson, R.B., and Lele, T.P., 2015, Chemical engineering principles in the field of cell mechanics, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 54(23):6061–6066.

Neelam, S., Chancellor, T.J., Li, Y., Nickerson, J., Roux, K., Dickinson, R.B., and Lele, T.P., 2015, A direct force probe reveals the mechanics of nuclear homeostasis in the mammalian cell, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(18):5720-5725. VIEW PDF F1000Prime

Alam, S.G., Lovett, D., Kim, D.I., Roux, K., Dickinson R.B., and Lele T.P., 2015, The nucleus is an intracellular propagator of tensile forces in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts, Journal of Cell Science, 128(10):1901-1911. Highlighted by the journal in its ‘In this issue’ section. VIEW PDF

Wu J., Kent I.A., Shekhar N., Chancellor T.J., Mendonca A., Dickinson R.B., and Lele T.P., 2014, Actomyosin pulls to advance the nucleus in a migrating tissue cell, Biophysical Journal, 106:7-15. VIEW PDF

Book Chapter
Alam S. G., Lovett D., Dickinson R.B., Roux K., and Lele T.P., Nuclear Forces and Cell Mechanosensing. In: Engler A.J and Kumar S., eds.: Mechanotransduction

Lewis J.S., Dolgova N., Chancellor T.J., Acharya A.P., Karpiak J.V., Lele T.P., Keselowsky B.G., 2013, Dendritic cell activation is influenced by cyclic mechanical strain when cultured on adhesive substrates, Biomaterials, 34(36):9063–9070. VIEW PDF

Shekhar N., Neelam S., Wu J., Ladd A., Dickinson R.B., and Lele T.P., 2013, Fluctuating Motor Forces Bend Growing Microtubules, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 6(2):120-129. One of four award publications chosen by CMBE for 2013. VIEW PDF

Lovett D.B., Shekhar N., Nickerson J.A., Roux K., Lele T.P., 2013, Modulation of nuclear shape by substrate rigidity, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 6(2):230-238. VIEW PDF F1000Prime

Shekhar N., Wu J., Dickinson R.B. and Lele T.P., 2013, Cytoplasmic Dynein: Tension Generation on Microtubules and the nucleus, Cellular and molecular Bioengineering, 6(1):74-81. VIEW PDF

Wu J., Shekhar N., Lele P.P., Lele T.P., 2012, FRAP Analysis: Accounting for Bleaching during Image Capture, 7(8):e42854. VIEW PDF

Wu J. , Dickinson R.B., Lele T.P., 2012, Investigation of in vivo Microtubule and Stress Fiber Mechanics with Laser Ablation, Integrative Biology, 4:471–479. VIEW PDF

Wu J., Misra G., Russell R. J., Ladd A., Lele T.P., Dickinson R.B., 2011, Effects of Dynein on Microtubule Mechanics and Centrosome Positioning. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 22(24):4834-4841. VIEW PDF

Wu J., Lee K.C., Dickinson R.B., Lele T.P., 2011, How Dynein and Microtubules Rotate the Nucleus, Journal of Cellular Physiology, 226:2666-2674. Highlighted by the journal. VIEW PDF

Russell R.J., Grubbs A., Mangroo S., Nakasone S., Dickinson R.B. and Lele T.P., 2011, Sarcomere Length Fluctuations and Flow in Capillary Endothelial Cells, Cytoskeleton, 68(3):150-6. VIEW PDF

Lee J., Wang Y., Ren F. and Lele T.P., 2010, A Stamp Wound Assay for Studying Coupled Cell Migration and Cell Debris Clearance, Langmuir, 26(22):16672-6. VIEW PDF

Lee J, Chu B.H., Sen S., Gupte A., Chancellor T.J., Chang C.-Y., Ren F., Kumar S., and Lele T.P., 2010, Modulating malignant epithelial tumor cell adhesion, migration, and mechanics with nanorod surfaces, Biomedical Microdevices, 13(1):89-95. VIEW PDF

Chancellor T.J., Lee J., Thodeti C. and Lele T.P., 2010, Actomyosin tension exerted on the nucleus through nesprin-1 connections influences endothelial cell adhesion, migration and cyclic strain induced reorientation, Biophysical Journal, 2010 Jul 7;99(1):115-23. VIEW PDF F1000Prime

Zaveri T.D., Dolgova N.V., Chu B.H., Lee J., Wong J., Lele T.P., Ren F., Keselowsky B.G., 2010, Contributions of surface topography and cytotoxicity to the macrophage response to zinc oxide nanorods, Biomaterials, 31(11):2999-3007.

Russell R.J., Xia S-L, Dickinson R.B. and Lele T.P., 2009, Sarcomere mechanics in capillary endothelial cells, Biophysical Journal, 97(6):1578-1585. VIEW PDF

Lee J., Chu B.H., Chen K.H, Ren F., Lele T.P., 2009, Randomly oriented, upright SiO2 coated nanorods for reduced adhesion of mammalian cells, Biomaterials, 30:4488–4493. VIEW PDF

Pre 2009


Lee J., Kang B.S., Chancellor T.J., Chu B.H., Wang H.T., Keselowsky B., Ren F. and Lele T.P., 2008, The control of cell adhesion and viability by zinc oxide nanorods, Biomaterials, 29:3743–3749. VIEW PDF

Luo Y., Xu X., Lele T.P., Kumar S. and Ingber D.E., 2008, A multimodular tensegrity model for an actin stress fiber, Journal of Biomechanics, 41(11):2379-87. VIEW PDF

Lele TP, Thodeti C, Pendse J and Ingber DE, Investigating complexity of protein-protein interactions in focal adhesions, Biophysical and Biochemical Research Communications, 369(3):929-34. VIEW PDF


Kang BS,Wang HT, Lele TP, Ren F, Pearton SJ, Johnson JW, Rajagopal P, Roberts JC, Piner EL and Linthicum KJ, 2007, Prostate specific antigen detection using AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors, Applied Physics Letters, 91(11). VIEW PDF

Pearton S, Lele TP, Tseng Y and Ren F, 2007, Penetrating living cells with semiconductor nanowires, Trends in Biotechnology, 25(11):481-2. VIEW PDF

Lele TP, Sero JE, Matthews BD, Kumar S, Xia S, Montoya-Zavala M, Polte T, Overby D, Wang N, Ingber DE, 2007, Tools to study cell mechanics and mechanotransduction, Methods in Cell Biology, 83:441-72. VIEW PDF

Lele TP and Kumar SK, 2007, Brushes, cables and ratchets: Recent insights into multiscale assembly and mechanics of cellular structural networks, Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, 47: 348-360. VIEW PDF

Chancellor TJ, Russell R and Lele TP, 2007, Toward in-situ biochemistry: combining chemical kinetics approaches with bio-molecular imaging in living cells, Biotechnology Progress, 24(1):89-95. VIEW PDF

Wang HT, Kang BS, Chancellor TJ, Lele TP, Tseng Y, Ren F, Pearton SJ, Johnson JW, Rajagopal P, Roberts JC, Piner EL and Linthicum KJ, 2007, Selective Detection of Hg(II) ions from Cu(II) and Pb(II) Using AlGaN/GaN High Electron Mobility Transistors, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, VIEW PDF

Pearton SJ, Ren F, Kang BS, Wang HT, Gila BP, Norton DP, Tien LC, Chancellor TJ, Lele TP, Tseng Y and Lin J, GaN and ZnO based sensors forBio, Nuclear Materials and Chemical Detection, Proceedings of the Electrochemical Society Meeting, Washington, 2007

Wang HT, Kang BS, Chancellor TJ, Lele TP, Tseng Y, Ren F, Pearton SJ, Johnson JW, Rajagopal P, Roberts JC, Piner EL and Linthicum KJ, 2007, Fast electrical detection of Hg(II) ions with AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors, Applied Physics Letters, 91(4). VIEW PDF

Book Chapter
Goldman W, Bechinger B and Lele TP, Cytoskeletal proteins at the lipid membrane. In: A. Leitmannova Liu., ed., Advances in lipid biolayers and liposomes, Planar lipid bilayers (BLM’s) and their applications, Elsevier in press

Lele TP and Ingber DE, Focal adhesions: self-assembling nanoscale mechano-chemical machines that control cell function. In: Nair L, Laurencin C, Halberstadt C, Gonsalves K, eds., Biomedical Nanostructures, John Wiley & Sons ­ In Press.


Lele TP, Pendse J, Kumar S, Salanga M and Ingber DE,2006, Mechanical forces alter zyxin unbinding kinetics within focal adhesions in living cells, Journal of Cellular Physiology, 207:187-94. VIEW PDF

Lele TP, Wagner S, Nickerson J and Ingber DE, 2006, Methods for measuring rates of protein binding to insoluble scaffolds in living cells: Histone H1-chromatin interactions, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 99(5):1334-42. VIEW PDF

Lele TP, Thodeti C and Ingber DE, 2006, Force meets chemistry: analysis of mechanochemical conversion in focal adhesions using Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, 97:1175-83. VIEW PDF

Sharp D, Mancini MG, Hinojos C, Dai F, Berno V, Szafran A, Smith KP, Lele TP, Ingber DE and Mancini MA, 2006, Estrogen-receptor-a exchange and chromatin dynamics are ligand- and domain- dependent, Journal of Cell Science, 119:4101-4116.

Kumar S, Maxwell IZ, Heisterkamp A, Polte TR, Lele TP, Salanga M, Mazur E, Ingber DE, 2006, Viscoelastic retraction of single living stress fibers and its impact on cell shape, cytoskeletal organization and extracellular matrix mechanics, Biophysical Journal, 90:3762-73. VIEW PDF

Lele TP and Ingber DE, 2006, A mathematical model to determine molecular kinetic rate constants under non-steady conditions using FRAP, Biophysical Chemistry, 120(1):32-35. VIEW PDF


McMillan N, Lele TP, Snively C and Lauterbach J,2005, Subsurface oxygen on Pt(100): experiments and modeling, Catalysis Today, 105:244-253.


Lele TP, Oh P, Nickerson J and Ingber DE, 2004, An improved mathematical approach for determination of molecular kinetics in living Cells with FRAP, Mechanics and Chemistry of Biosystems, 1:181-190. VIEW PDF


Lele TP, Lauterbach J, and Ramkrishna D, 2003, Mathematical Analysis of physicochemical processes on catalytic surfaces, AICHE J, 49:2158-2172. VIEW PDF

Desai R, Lele TP and Viens F, 2003, A Monte Carlo method for portfolio optimization under partially observed stochastic volatility, IEEE international conference on computational intelligence for financial engineering, 257-263. VIEW PDF


Lele TP and Lauterbach J, 2002, Spatio-temporal pattern formation during CO oxidation on Pt(100) at low and Intermediate Pressures: A Comparative Study, Chaos, 12:164-171. VIEW PDF


Lele TP and Lauterbach J, 2001, Spatio-Temporal Pattern Formation During CO Oxidation on Pt(100) at Elevated Pressures, AICHE J, 47:1418-1424. VIEW PDF