Ehsan Ban (email)

Welcome to my page. I'm Ehsan Ban, a postdoctoral researcher at LRSM at UPenn. I study mechanics problems with applications in biology. I studied fibrous networks with a focus on biological systems in my graduate research starting at 2013. Before that, I studied the mechanics of DNA sticky ends in my MS thesis. This study was awarded the Michael Sadowsky Prize for the best mechanics thesis at RPI. As an undergraduate student, I studied the mechanics of carbon macromolecules as my BSc project and developed a parallel reactive molecular dynamics code from scratch (download). As a part of that project, I also coded a program to make carbon nanotube geometric structures (download code and structures). In undergrad, I also coded a finite element structural analysis software in C#. (download code & manual). I enjoyed computer programming before that as well. One of my favorite projects from then is a mine sweeper game with a hexagonal board (download).

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Post-Doctoral Research:

Cao, X., Ban, E., Baker, B., Lin, Y., Burdick, J.A., Chen, C.S., and Shenoy, V.B. (2017). Multiscale model predicts increasing focal adhesion size with decreasing stiffness in fibrous matrices. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (link)

Hall, M., Alisafaei, F., Ban, E., Feng, X., Hui, C., Shenoy, V.B., Wu, M. (2016). Fibrous nonlinear elasticity enables positive mechanical feedback between cells and ECMs. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 14043-14048. (link)

PhD Thesis:

Ban, E., and Picu, R.C., Spectral Analysis of Inhomogeneity and Stiffness and Conductivity of Random Composites. In submission.

Ban, E., Barocas, V.H., Shephard, M.S., and Picu, R.C. (2016). Softening in random networks of non-identical beams. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 87, 38–50. (link)

Ban, E., Barocas, V.H., Shephard, M.S., and Picu, R.C. (2016). Effect of Fiber Crimp on the Elasticity of Random Fiber Networks With and Without Embedding Matrices. J. Appl. Mech. 83, 041008. (link)

Ban*, E., Zhang*, S., Zarei*, V., Barocas, V.H., Winkelstein, B.A., and Picu, R.C. (2017). Collagen Organization in Facet Capsular Ligaments Varies with Spinal Region and with Ligament Deformation. J. Biomech. Eng. 87, 38–50. (link)

Masters Thesis:

Ban, E., and Picu, R.C. (2014). Strength of DNA Sticky End Links. Biomacromolecules 15, 143–149. (link)

Zandiatashbar*, A., Ban*, E., and Picu, R.C. (2014). Stiffness and strength of oxygen-functionalized graphene with vacancies. J. Appl. Phys. 116, 184308. (link)

Undergraduate Project: 

Khoei, A.R., Ban, E., Banihashemi, P., and Abdolhosseini Qomi, M.J. (2011). Effects of temperature and torsion speed on torsional properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes. Mater. Sci. Eng. C 31, 452–457. (link)

* Denotes equal contributions.




Updated Spring 2017