Department: Bio-Medical Engineering
Faculty: Engineering
Tel Aviv University

Prof. Gefen Amit

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory 
The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory of Professor Amit Gefen (@AmitGefen) has versatile in-house testing equipment for state-of-the-art experimental (test bench) and computer modeling and simulation studies of medical devices and consumables. Professor Gefen has more than 20 years of experience in developing and executing laboratory tests and modeling and simulation work. Together with his experienced research team of doctoral students and laboratory engineers, he is working with the global industry on efficacy research of various diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic medical devices. Professor Gefen has published more than 270 articles in international peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals and multiple books where he described his applied research and work with industry in developing and realizing test methods for medical devices, particularly as related to wound prevention and care technologies.

Equipment for experimental testing of medical devices in interaction with the body:

• Two material testing machines with various load cells and jigs for mechanical testing of tissues and biomedical materials in compression, tension, shear and indentation 
• Pendulum and pneumatic testing systems for tissue/biomaterial testing at high deformation rates
• Various pressure, strain, motion & temperature sensors with LabView-controlled acquisition systems 
• Microscope with camera and image analysis software for material characterization  
• Manikins and phantoms of different body parts with options for embedded sensors 

Computer modeling and simulation capacities: 

Computational facilities for high-performance computation, image processing and artificial intelligence (machine learning) applications including several workstations connected through a local network and to the campus network. We have expertise in using computer design, modeling and simulation software suits such as SolidWorks, Simpleware, FEBio, ABAQUS, Matlab, Python, as well as dedicated software for statistical analyses. 

Cell and tissue culturing facilities:

We have full access to shared departmental facilities for cell and tissue culturing and engineering, including a large number of laminar flow cabinets, biological-chemical hoods, incubators, refrigerators and -20, -70°C freezers, optical and fluorescent microscopes with full image capture abilities.