Ehsan Ban (email)

Welcome to my page. I'm Ehsan Ban, a postdoctoral researcher at LRSM at UPenn. I use computational and theoretical methods to study mechanics problems with applications in fibrous, heterogeneous, and biological materials. My graduate research was focused on using high-performance computation methods to study of fibrous networks with applications to collagen networks. 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 in my BSc project and developed a parallel reactive molecular dynamics code from scratch (download). That project also included a program to make carbon nanotube geometric structures (download code and structures). In undergrad, I also coded a similar analysis program, a finite element structural analysis software, in C#. (download code). 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).



Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   Dec 2015

M.S.   Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   Dec 2012

B.S.   Civi Engineering, Sharif University of Technology                  July 2010


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Post-Doctoral Research:

Ban, E., Franklin, M., Nam S., Smith, L., Wang, H., Wells, R. , Chaudhuri, O., Liphardt, J., and Shenoy, V.B., 2017, Mechanisms of Plastic Deformation in Collagen Networks Induced by Cellular Forces, Biophys. J. (link).

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 (link).

Freedman, B., Rodriguez, B., Leiphart, R., Newton, J., Hillin, C., Ban, E., Sarver, J., Shenoy, V. B., Mauck, R. L., Soslowsky, L. J., 2017, Dynamic loading and tendon healing affect multiscale tendon properties and ECM stress. (Under Review).

Kaur, A., Ecker, B., Douglass, S., Kugel, C., Webster, M., Somasundaram, R., Hayden, J., Ban, E.,  Ahmadzadeh, H., Franco-Barazza, J., Shah, N., Keeney, F., Kossenkov, A., Tang, H., Yin, X.,  Brafford, P., Herlyn, M., Speicher, D., Raj, A., Cukierman, E., Shenoy, V. B., Weeraratna, A. T., 2017, Remodeling of the Collagen Matrix in the Skin During Normal Aging Promotes Melanoma Metastasis, While Impeding Immune Cell Motility. (Under Review).

PhD Thesis:

Ban, E., Spectral Analysis of Inhomogeneity and Stiffness and Conductivity of Random Composites. Under Review.

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 (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. (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. (link).

Masters Thesis:

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

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

= denotes authors with equal contributions.




Updated December 2017