Guest Professor, School of Materials Sci & Eng, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Principal Research Scientist, Nanomechanics Laboratory, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT
Principal Investigator, Infectious Disease Interdisciplinary Research Group, SMART Center

1994 Ph.D. in Materials Science, University of California – San Diego (USA)
1991 M.S. in Materials Science, University of California – San Diego (USA)
1989 B.Eng. in Engineering Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
Professional Experiences
2011-present  Guest Professor, School of Materials Sci & Eng, Xi’an Jiaotong University
2011-present  Principal Research Scientist, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT
2010-present  Principal Investigator, Nanomechanics Laboratory, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT 
2010-present  Principal Investigator, Infectious Disease Interdisciplinary Research Group, SMART Center
2007-2010  Executive Director, Nanomechanics Laboratory, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT
2000-2011  Research Scientist, Dept of Materials Sci & Eng, MIT
2008  Faculty in Residence, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology - Malaria Group
1998-2000  Review Engineer/Senior Support Engineer, ABAQUS, Inc.
1998  Lecturer and Assistant Project Scientist, Dept of Structural Engineering, UC San Diego
1995-1998  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept of Structural Engineering, UC San Diego
Professional Services
Reviewer/Panelist for US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Dept of Energy (DOE), Israel Science Foundation (ISF),Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Foundation for Polish Science (FNP), and Georgia Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) Grant Applications

Reviewer for Prog Mater Sci, Phys Rev Lett, Adv Func Mater, Acta Mater, J Mech Phys Solids, J Mater Res, Blood, Biophys J, Acta Biomater, Metall Trans A, Philos Mag, Philos Mag Lett, Scripta Mater, J Appl Phys, Int J Solids Struct, Mech Mater, J Appl Mech, Modelling Simul Mater Sci Eng, Int J Plasticity, Int J Fatigue, Mater Sci Eng A, J Mater Sci, J Comput Theor Nanosci, Composite Sci Tech
Honors and Awards
2006-2011 Most Cited Author, author of two Top 10 Cited Papers in Acta Materialia 
2005-2008 Most Cited Author, Acta Biomaterialia
04-07/2007 No. 1 among Top 25 Hottest Articles, Acta Materialia
2006 Best Paper Award, Japan Institute of Metals
2004 Outstanding Paper Award, MRS Fall Meeting
1994 Best Poster Award, MRS Fall Meeting
1989 Best Student Award, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
1984 Chinese National Math Competition, 2nd Price  
Conference Organization and Leadership Activities
2005-2011 Chair/Co-Chair of 8 International Symposiums/Workshops
2011-present  Malaria Program Leader, Infectious Disease IRG, SMART Center
2011-present Mechanobiology and Modeling Platform Leader, Infectious Disease IRG, SMART Center 
Current Research Interests
•Biomechanics and Biophysics of the Cell
•Nanoscale Properties of Biological Materials
•Nanostructured or Amorphous Materials
•Nano-Indentation and Micro-Indentation
•Surfaces and Thin Films
•Functionally Graded Materials
•The Materials Research Society (MRS)
•The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
•The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
•The Society of Engineering Science (SES)
Presentations and Meeting Abstracts
More than 70 invited/key note/plenary talks.
More than 130 presentations/meeting abstracts.
Publication Records
More than 70 refereed journal papers published, including Nature Materials, PNAS, Acta Materialia, Biophysical Journal, Acta Biomaterialia, ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, MRS Bulletin, JMPS, IJSS, etc.
SCI Citation Summary (as of Oct. 30, 2011): Total Citation: 2748; H-Index: 24
Selected publications
1. A. Singh, M. Dao*, L. Lu and S. Suresh, “Deformation, structural changes and damage evolution in nanotwinned copper under repeated frictional contact sliding,” Acta Materialia, 59 (2011) 7311-7324. [*Corresponding author.]
2. P. Gu, M. Dao*, R.J. Asaro and S. Suresh, “A unified mechanistic model for size-dependent deformation in nanocrystalline and nanotwinned metals,” Acta Materialia, 59 (2011) 6861-6868. [*Corresponding author.]
3. A. Singh, L. Tang, M. Dao*, L. Lu* and S. Suresh, “Fracture toughness and fatigue crack growth characteristics of nanotwinned copper,” Acta Materialia, 59 (2011) 2437-2446. [*Corresponding authors.]
4. M. Diez-Silva, M. Dao, J. Han, C.T. Lim and S. Suresh, “Shape and Biomechanical Characteristics of Human Red Blood Cells in Health and Disease,” MRS Bulletin, 35 (2010) 382-388.
5. H. Yao, M. Dao, T. Imholt, J. Huang, K. Wheeler, A. Bonilla, S. Suresh and C. Ortiz, “Protection mechanisms of the iron-plated armor of a deep-sea hydrothermal vent gastropod,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107 (2010) 987-992.
6. L. Lu, M. Dao, T. Zhu and J. Li, “Size dependence of rate-controlling deformation mechanisms in nanotwinned copper,” Scripta Materialia (Viewpoint Paper), 60 (2009) 1062–1066.
7. K. Tai*, M. Dao*, S. Suresh, A. Palazoglu and C. Ortiz, “Nanoscale Heterogeneity Promotes Energy Dissipation in Bone,” Nature Materials, 6 (2007) 454-462. [*These authors contributed equally.]
8. M. Dao*, L. Lu, R.J. Asaro, J.T.M. De Hosson and E. Ma, “Toward a quantitative understanding of mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline metals,” Acta Materialia (Overview No. 143), 55 (2007) 4041-4065. [*Corresponding author.]
9. J.P. Mills, M. Diez-Silva, D.J. Quinn, M. Dao, M.J. Lang, K.S.W. Tan, C.T. Lim, G. Milon, P.H. David, O. Mercereau-Puijalon, S. Bonnefoy and S. Suresh, “Effect of plasmodial RESA protein on deformability of human red blood cells harboring Plasmodium falciparum,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104 (2007) 9213-9217.
10. J. Li, G. Lykotrafitis, M. Dao and S. Suresh, “Cytoskeletal dynamics of human erythrocyte,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 104 (2007) 4937-4942.
11. A. Gouldstone, N. Chollacoop, M. Dao, J. Li, A. M. Minor and Y.-L. Shen, “Indentation across size scales and disciplines: Recent developments in experimentation and modeling,” Acta Materialia (Overview No. 142), 55 (2007) 4015-4039.
12. M. Dao, L. Lu, Y.F. Shen and S. Suresh, “Strength, Strain-Rate Sensitivity and Ductility of Copper with Nano-Scale Twins,” Acta Materialia, 54 (2006) 5421-5432.
13. M. Dao, J. Li and S. Suresh, “Molecularly Based Analysis of Deformation of Spectrin Network and Human Erythrocyte,” Mater. Sci. Eng. C, 26 (2006) 1232-1244.
14. J. Li, M. Dao, C.T. Lim and S. Suresh, “Spectrin-Level Modeling of the Cytoskeleton and Optical Tweezers Stretching of the Erythrocyte,” Biophysical Journal, 88 (2005) 3707-3719.
15. S. Suresh, J. Spatz, J. P. Mills, A. Micoulet, M. Dao, C. T. Lim, M. Beil and T. Seufferlein, “Connections between single-cell biomechanics and human disease states:  gastrointestinal cancer and malaria,” Acta Biomaterialia, 1 (2005) 15-30.
16. M. Dao, C.T. Lim and S. Suresh, “Mechanics of human red blood cell deformed by optical tweezers,” J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 51 (2003) 2259-2280. “Errata,” ibid, 53 (2005) 493-494.
17. R. Schwaiger, B. Moser, M. Dao, N. Chollacoop, and S. Suresh, “Some critical experiments on the strain rate sensitivity of nanocrystalline nickel,” Acta Materialia, 51 (2003) 5159-5172.
18. M. Dao, N. Chollacoop, K.J. Van Vliet, T.A. Venkatesh and S. Suresh, “Computational Modeling of the Forward and Reverse Problems in Instrumented Sharp Indentation,” Acta Materialia, 49 (2001) 3899-3918.
19. R. Vaidyanathan, M. Dao, G. Ravichandran and S. Suresh, “Interpretation of the Deformation Behavior of Bulk Metallic Glass through Multi-Scale Indentation,” Acta Materialia, 49 (2001) 3781-3789.
20. P. Gu, M. Dao and R. J. Asaro, “A Simplified Method for Calculating the Crack-Tip Field of Functionally Graded Materials Using the Domain Integral,” ASME J. Appl. Mech., 66 (1999) 101-108.
21. M. Dao, P. Gu, A. Maewal and R. J. Asaro, “A Micromechanical Study of Residual Stresses in Functionally Graded Materials,” Acta Materialia, 45 (1997) 3265-3276.