GRASP Alum, Selman Sakar 's Work Is Featured In MIT News

Sunday August 12, 2012

Researchers engineer light-activated skeletal muscle (MIT News)

Technique may enable robotic animals that move with the strength and flexibility of their living counterparts.
"Seeing the light

Asada and MIT postdoc Mahmut Selman Sakar collaborated with Roger Kamm, the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering, to develop the new approach. In deciding which bodily tissue to use in their robotic design, the researchers set upon skeletal muscle — a stronger, more powerful tissue than cardiac or smooth muscle. But unlike cardiac tissue, which beats involuntarily, skeletal muscles — those involved in running, walking and other physical motions — need external stimuli to flex."