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Kris N. Dahl is an associate professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnege Mellon University, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dahl joined Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Her thesis research was on the mechanics and architecture of composite membrane systems under the supervision of Dennis Discher. Dahl then completed a postdoctoral appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Cell Biology where she focused on the biochemical and functional analysis of spectrin-repeat complexes at the nuclear envelope under Katherine L. Wilson.

Dahl's research uses rheological, biophysical, and optical techniques to understand the structure and organization of the cell nucleus. These studies are relevant to dissecting the molecular pathology of diseases caused by defects in nuclear structure.

Office
2100C Doherty Hall
Phone
412.268.9609
Email
kndahl@andrew.cmu.edu
Google Scholar
Kris Dahl
Websites
Dahl Lab website

Discovering Spectrin: A New Mechanical Element

Cell Mechanics

Molecular Biomechanics

Education

2005 Postdoctoral fellowship, Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

2004 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Pennylvania

1998 BS, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Media mentions


CMU Engineering

“Seeing” the dual-layered scaffolding of cellular nuclei

Using super-sensitive microscopic imaging, Kris Dahl partnered with Pitt/UPMC to make a fundamental biological discovery that could be key to untangling the mechanisms underlying several genetic diseases.

CMU Engineering

Dahl uses sensors to measure forces within cell monolayers

ChemE’s Kris Dahl is using a new technique called SINK (sensors from intranuclear kinetics) to observe the properties of an entire monolayer of cells and determine how broadly cells communicate.

CMU Engineering

Separation line

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed a novel device that separates blood cells using sound waves.

Phys.org

Dahl and Armiger’s research featured in Phys.org

ChemE’s Kris Dahl and Travis Armiger recently discovered that the cell nucleus recovers from major deformations in part because of a spring-like, mechanical element called a spectrin protein that exists in the nucleus.

CMU Engineering

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