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Joao S. Soares, Ph.D. - VCU College of Engineering. Richmond, VA, US

Joao S. Soares, Ph.D. Joao S. Soares, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering | VCU College of Engineering


Engineered Tissue Multiscale Mechanics & Modeling Laboratory (ETM3)


Joao Silva Soares, Ph.D. joined VCU Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering as Assistant Professor on the Fall 2017 to form the Engineered Tissue Multiscale Mechanics and Modeling (ETM3) research group blending theory, experimentation, and simulation in mechanics and biomedical engineering. Dr. Soares obtained his Licenciatura degree in Aerospace Engineering at Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal in 2002, and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2008. Subsequently, Dr. Soares has conducted post-doctoral work at Milan Polytechnic, Stony Brook University, and at the University of Texas at Austin as Research Scientist with independent PI status. Dr. Soares has developed state-of-the-art frameworks for polymer degradation and erosion, shear induced platelet activation, and mechanically-conditioned tissue engineering. His work is published in 22 peer-reviewed publications and more than 50 conference proceedings.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Functional tissue engineering

Engineered tissue vascular grafts

Growth and remodelling of soft tissues

Thrombogenicity of cardiovascular medical devices

Platelet activation

Drug delivery devices

Endovascular stents

Polymer degradation and erosion

Continuum mechanics and its application to non-linear materials

Education (2)

Texas A&M University: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering 2008

Instituto Superior Tecnico of the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal: Licenciatura, Aerospace Engineering 2002

Affiliations (3)

  • American Heart Association (AHA), Early Career Member
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Early Career Member
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering Division (ASME-BED), Member

Selected Articles (13)

A mathematical model for the determination of forming tissue moduli in needled-nonwoven scaffolds Acta BiomaterialiaF

J.S. Soares, W. Zhang, M.S. Sacks


Published in Acta Biomaterialia

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Large strain stimulation promotes extracellular matrix production and stiffness in an elastomeric scaffold model Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biological MaterialsF

A. D’Amore,* J.S. Soares,* J.A. Stella, W. Zhang, N.J. Amoroso, J.E. Mayer, Jr., W.R. Wagner, M.S. Sacks


Published in the Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biological Materials

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A triphasic constrained mixture model of engineered tissue formation under in vitro dynamic mechanical conditioning Biomechanics and Modeling in MechanobiologyF

J.S. Soares, M.S. Sacks


Published in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology

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Simulation of Platelets Suspension Flowing Through a Stenosis Model Using a Dissipative Particle Dynamics Approach Annals of Biomedical EngineeringF

J.S. Soares, C. Gao, Y. Alemu, M. Slepian, D. Bluestein


Published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering

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A novel mathematical model of activation and sensitization of platelets subjected to dynamic stress histories Biomechanics and Modeling in MechanobiologyF

J.S. Soares, J. Sheriff, D. Bluestein


Published in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology

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A mathematical model for water uptake, degradation, erosion, and drug release from polydisperse polymeric networks BiomaterialsF

J.S. Soares, P. Zunino


Published in Biomaterials

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Modeling of Deformation-Accelerated Breakdown of Polylactic Acid Biodegradable Stents ASME Journal of Medical DevicesF

J.S. Soares, J.E. Moore, Jr., K.R. Rajagopal


Published in ASME Journal of Medical Devices

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Deformation induced hydrolysis of a degradable polymeric cylindrical annulus Biomechanics and Modeling in MechanobiologyF

J.S. Soares, K.R. Rajagopal, J.E. Moore, Jr.


Published in Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology

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Constitutive Framework for biodegradable polymers with applications to biodegradable stents ASAIO JournalF

J.S. Soares, J.E. Moore, Jr., K.R Rajagopal


Published in ASAIO Journal

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Biomechanical behavior of heterograft biomaterials for bioprosthetic heart valves: characterization, simulation, and performance Cardiovascular Engineering and TechnologyF

J.S. Soares, K.R. Feaver, W. Zhang, D. Kamensky, A. Aggrawal, M.S. Sacks


Published in Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology

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Biomechanical Challenges to Polymeric Biodegradable Stents Annals of Biomedical EngineeringF

J.S. Soares, J.E. Moore Jr.


Published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering

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Modeling in Cardiovascular Mechanics International Journal of Engineering ScienceF

J.S. Soares, S. Pasta, D.A. Vorp, J.E. Moore, Jr.


Published in International Journal of Engineering Science

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Bioabsorbable polymeric drug-eluting endovascular stents: a clinical review Minerva BiotechnologicaF

J.S. Soares


Published in Minerva Biotechnologica

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