Rouzbeh Amini

Associate Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Associate Professor,  Bioengineering



  • 320 ISEC
  • 617.373.7688


  • Mugar 132A

Research Focus

Biomechanics, mechanobiology, biotransport


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2010

Honors & Awards

  • 2022 College of Engineering Faculty Fellow
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society for Eye Research (ISER)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Research Overview

Biomechanics, mechanobiology, biotransport

Laboratory for Soft Tissue Biomechanics

The Laboratory for Soft Tissue Biomechanics at Northeastern University conducts studies to understand how mechanical loading and structural properties at different scales (i.e. organ, tissue, extracellular matrix, and cellular/sub-cellular levels) affect the normal responses of soft tissues. We aim to determine how deviating from such native states may induce pathophysiological responses. Our group has been extending the scope of experimental techniques to quantify the mechanical and microstructural properties of soft tissues. We have also been developing multi-scale computational models of tissue biomechanics and mechanobiology based on the experimentally quantified responses at the cellular, extracellular matrix, and tissue levels.

Laboratory for Soft Tissue Biomechanics

Selected Research Projects

Selected Publications

  • Nwotchouang, Blaise Simplice Talla, Eppelheimer, Maggie S., Pahlavian, Soroush Heidari, Barrow, Jack W., Barrow, Daniel L., Qiu, Deqiang, Allen, Philip A., Oshinski, John N., Amini, Rouzbeh, Loth, Francis (2021). Regional Brain Tissue Displacement and Strain is Elevated in Subjects with Chiari Malformation Type I Compared to Healthy Controls: A Study Using DENSE MRI. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 10.1007/S10439-020-02695-7
  • Nwotchouang, Blaise Simplice Talla, Eppelheimer, Maggie S., Biswas, Dipankar, Pahlavian, Soroush Heidari, Zhong, Xiaodong, Oshinski, John N., Barrow, Daniel L., Amini, Rouzbeh, Loth, Francis (2021). Accuracy of cardiac‐induced brain motion measurement using displacement‐encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A phantom study. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 85(3),1237-1247. 10.1002/MRM.28490
  • Rashidi, Neda, Pant, Anup D., Salinas, Samuel D., Shah, Mickey, Thomas, Vineet S., Zhang, Ge, Dorairaj, Syril, Amini, Rouzbeh (2021). Iris stromal cell nuclei deform to more elongated shapes during pharmacologically-induced miosis and mydriasis. Experimental Eye Research, 202,108373. 10.1016/J.EXER.2020.108373
  • Amini, Rouzbeh, Cyrus Rezvanifar, S. (2020). Self-Efficacy Versus Gender: Project-Based Active Learning Techniques in Biomedical Engineering Introductory Computer Programming Courses. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 142(11). 10.1115/1.4047924
  • S.D. Salinas, M.M. Clark, R. Amini, The Effects of− 80° C Short-Term Storage on the Mechanical Response of Tricuspid Valve Leaflets, Journal of Biomechanics, 98, 2020, 109462
  • V.S. Thomas, V. Lai, R. Amini, A Computational Multi-Scale Approach to Investigate Mechanically-Induced Changes in Tricuspid Valve Anterior Leaflet Microstructure, Acta Biomaterialia, 94, 2019, 524-535
  • K. Amini Khoiy, K.T. Asgarian, F. Loth, R. Amini, Dilation of Tricuspid Valve Annulus Immediately After Rupture of Chordae Tendineae in Ex-Vivo Porcine Hearts, PLOS One, 13(11), 2018, e0206744
  • A.D. Pant, P. Gogte, V. Pathak-Ray, S.K. Dorairaj, R. Amini Increased Iris Stiffness in Patients with a History of Angle-Closure Glaucoma: An Image-Based Inverse Modeling Analysis, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 59(10), 2018, 4134-4142
  • S.H. Pahlavian, J. Oshinski, X. Zhong, F. Loth, R. Amini Regional Quantification of Brain Tissue Strain Using Displacement-Encoding with Stimulated Echoes Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 140(8), 2018


Jan 31, 2024

BioE PhD Student Receives 2024 AHA Predoctoral Fellowship

BioE PhD candidate Ana Vargas, who works in the labs of both MIE Associate Professor Rouzbeh Amini and BioE Associate Professor Chiara Bellini, was selected by the American Heart Association to receive a Predoctoral Fellowship for her project “Pregnancy Induced Mechanobiological Remodeling in Maternal Vasculature in Health and Disease.”


Jan 11, 2024

Announcing Spring 2024 PEAK Experiences Student Awardees

A record number of engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Spring 2024 PEAK Experiences Awards.


Aug 07, 2023

Young Scholars Program for Local High School Students Finishes Strong

High school seniors engage in diverse engineering research during Northeastern’s Young Scholars Program, mentored by COE faculty and students.


Jul 12, 2023

Vargas Selected as Runner-Up in SB3C Student Paper Competition

Bioengineering graduate student Ana I. Vargas, PhD’24, was chosen as the runner-up in the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, & Biotransport Conference (SB3C) Student Paper Competition for the “Morphogenesis, Maternal/Abdominal Health” competition category.

Spotlight Story

May 01, 2023

Discovering a Passion for Robotics through Research

Serena Lin, computer engineering, participated in the UPLIFT (Undergraduate Program for Leaders in Future Transformation Program) where she started research in her first semester as an undergraduate. With a variety of hands-on research experiences, including an NSF REU and working at the Institute for Experiential Robotics, Lin found her passion in robotics.


Apr 15, 2022

Faculty and Staff Awards 2022

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

Rouzbeh Amini


Jan 19, 2021

COE Alumnus, Now Professor Focuses in the Interdisciplinary Fields of Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

Rouzbeh Amini, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, jointly appointed in bioengineering, first came to Northeastern in the early 2000s pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. He recalls his days as a graduate student at Northeastern fondly and didn’t imagine that he’d ever get the chance to come back to the university as […]

Rouzbeh Amini


Nov 03, 2020

Understanding Biomechanical Changes in Heart Valves Following Pregnancy

MIE/BioE Associate Professor Rouzbeh Amini is researching “Multi-scale Assessment of Biomechanical Alterations in Tricuspid Valves Following Pregnancy” – a project awarded to him as an NSF CAREER Award in 2018.

Rouzbeh Amini


Jan 03, 2020

New Faculty Spotlight: Rouzbeh Amini

Rouzbeh Amini joins the Mechanical Engineering department in January 2020 as an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Bioengineering.

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