Welcome to the webpage for the Bio-Engineering of Advanced Mechanical Systems (BEAMS) Laboratory at UC Irvine.

The BEAMS Lab was established by Dr. Elliot Botvinick in 2007. It is part of the University of California Irvine’s Departments of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering. The BEAMS group has laboratories at the Beckman Laser Institute and Clinic as well as the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology. We are curious about intrinsic and external mechanical forces in cellular micro-environments and their effects on the behavior and molecular signaling of cells. This is a growing area of research in which we differentiate ourselves through the application of optical tweezers, engineered platforms, and by always seeking out interesting collaborative relationships.