Our goals are directed toward investigating the mechanisms of deformation and fracture, and the biological responses in biological materials at multiple length-scales (from molecular to macroscales). Our work aims at bridging the gap between Mechanics of materials, Biology and Experimental high-energy x-ray physics to understand skeletal biology and disease, as well as design principles behind biomaterials.

Affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, the Laboratory of Fracture and Fatigue of Skeletal Tissues is directed by Dr. Claire Acevedo. Positions are currently available for graduate and undergraduate students. If interested please contact Dr. Acevedo directly at



NEW PAPER ACCEPTED in Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (Congratulations Yoshi!!) – Quantitative and qualitative bone imaging: A review of synchrotron radiation microtomography analysis in bone research (LINK)

NEW PAPER in Materialia- Ultrasound freeze-casting of a biomimetic layered microstructure in epoxy-ceramic composite materials to increase strength and hardness (LINK)

NEW PAPER in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research- TGFβ regulation of perilacunar/canalicular remodeling is sexually dimorphic (LINK)