Dr. Alexander Spector

Applied Biomedical Engineering

Current Courses

Education History

  • B S Engineering Mechanics, Moscow State University
  • M S Engineering Mechanics, Moscow State University
  • Ph D Solid Mechanics, Moscow, Russia
  • Dr Sc Engineering MEchanics, Moscow, Russia

Work Experience

Professor, JHU Whiting School of Engineering


R. S. Deshpande, W. L. Grayson, and A. A. Spector, A Modeling Insight into Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Myogenesis, Plos One, 2015, 10, art e0137918.

B. Harland, W.-h. Lee, W.E. Brownell, S.X. Sun, and A.A. Spector, The Potential and Electric Field in the Cochlear Outer Hair Cell Membrane, Medical & Biol. Eng. & Comp., 2015, 53, pp. 405-413.

H. Pinar Yilgor; A. Wang, A.A. Spector, and W.L. Grayson. Multistage Adipose-Derived Stem Cell Myogenesis: An Experimental and Modeling Study, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2014, 7 pp. 497-509.

R.J. Powers, Richard J.; S. Kulason, Atilgan, E. , W.E. Brownell, S.X. Sun, P. Barr-Gillespie, and A.A. Spector, The Local Forces Acting on the Mechanotransduction Channel in Hair Cell Stereocilia, Biophys. J. , 2014, 106, pp. 2519-2528.

N. Khatibzadeh, A.A. Spector, W.E. Brownell, and B. Anvari, Rate-Dependent Dynamics of Cellular Membranes Probed by Laser Tweezers and Optical Displacement Sensing
Optical Elastograthy and Tissue Biomechanics. Book Series: Proceedings of SPIE, 2014, pp. 89460P1-89460P6.

N. Khatibzadeh, A.A. Spector, W.E. Brownell, and A. Bahman, Effects of Plasma Membrane Cholesterol Level and Cytoskeleton F-Actin on Cell Protrusion Mechanics,
PLOS One, 2013, 8, e57147.

S. Roy, W.E. Brownell, and A.A. Spector, Modeling Electrically Active Viscoelastic Membranes, PLoS One, 2012, 7, e37667.

Honors and Awards

  • Paper featured on a cover of Biophysical Journal (2012)
  • PURA award with undergraduate student (2011)
  • Fellow of ASME (2010)
  • PURA award with undergraduate student (2003)

Professional Organizations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Biomedical Engineering Society