Associate Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Venkat Maruthamuthu

NORFOLK, 23529

Dr. Maruthamuthu received a B.S & M.S in Chemical Engineering from IIT Madras in 2003 and a Ph.D in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from UIUC in 2009. After an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago, he joined ODU as a faculty member in 2014.

Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (2009)

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, (2003)

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, (2003)

Research Interests

Cellular Biomechanics;
Engineered Cell Micro-environments;
Multi-cellular Interactions


Mezher, M., Dumbali, S., Fenn, I., Lamb, C., Miller, C., Sharmin, S., Cabe, J., Bejar-Padilla, V. and Conway, D. (2023). Vinculin is Essential For Sustaining Normal Levels of Endogenous Forces at Cell-Cell Contacts. Biophysical Journal 122 , pp. 4518-4527.
Eftekharjoo, M., Mezher, M., Chatterji, S. and Maruthamuthu, V. (2022). Epithelial Cell-like Elasticity Modulates Actin-Dependent E-cadherin Adhesion Organization. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering 8 , pp. 2455-2462.
Bashirzadeh, Y., Poole, J., Qian, S. and Maruthamuthu, V. (2018). Effect of pharmacological modulation of actin and myosin on collective cell electrotaxis. Bioelectromagnetics 39 (4) , pp. 289-298.
Muhamed, I., Chowdhury, F. and Maruthamuthu, V. (2017). Biophysical tools to study cellular mechanotransduction. Bioengineering 4 (1).
Dumbali, S. P., Mei, L., Qian, S. and Maruthamuthu, V. (2017). Endogenous Sheet-Averaged Tension Within a Large Epithelial Cell Colony. Journal of biomechanical engineering 139 (10) , pp. 101008.
Maruthamuthu, V., Sabass, B., Schwarz, U. and Gardel, M. (2011). Cell-ECM Traction Force Modulates Endogenous Tension at Cell-Cell Contacts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108 , pp. 4708-4713.
Prakasam, A., Maruthamuthu, V. and Leckband, D. (2006). Similarities between Heterophilic and Homophilic Cadherin Adhesion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103 , pp. 15434-15439.
  • 2010: American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, AHA
  • 2008: Drickamer Graduate Fellowship, UIUC
  • 2003: Department Fellowship, UIUC