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C. Forbes Dewey

Contact Info

room 3-354

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Administrative Contact Rogers, Robeson 3-250


  • 1956


  • 1957


  • 1963



Research Interests

  • Mechanics of living cells
  • Super-resolution optical microscopy
  • Computational models of biological processes
  • Cellular metabolism
  • Systems biology
  • Medical imaging

Honors + Awards

  • 1956-1957    Douglas Fellow, Stanford University
  • 1961-1963    National Science Foundation Fellow, California Institute of TechnologyTau Beta Pi
  • Sigma Xi
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology
  • 1964    First Place, Technical Papers Competition, Rocky Mountain Section AIAA
  • 1965-present    Listed in American Men of Science
  • 1966-1967    University of Colorado Faculty IR-100 Award Fellowship
  • 1979-present    Listed in Who’s Who in America
  • 1988-present    Listed in Who’s Who in the World
  • 1996  Computerworld-Smithsonian Award for Contributions to Medical Technology
  • 1999  Computerworld-Smithsonian Award for Contributions to Medical Technology
  • 2001 Carl R. Soderberg Distinguished Service Award, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, M.I.T.
  • 2006 Foreign Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering, UK


  • American Physical Society (Fellow)
  • American Physiological Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (Inaugural Fellow)
  • American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (Founding Fellow)
  • Royal College of Engineering, UK (Foreign Fellow)

Professional Service

  • 1959-1963    Research Assistant, Cal. Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA
  • 1963-1968    Asst. Professor of Aerospace Eng. Sciences, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • 1965-1967    Member, Joint Inst. Laboratory Astrophysics, Boulder, CO
  • 1971 - 1975    Chairman of the Board, Sensoresearch Corporation, Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • 1975-1976    Biomedical Engineer, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1976-1980    Consultant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1974 - 1979    Trustee, Cardiovascular Trust of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1978-1979    Visiting Professor of Pathology, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1978-2001        Associate in Pathology, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA
  • 1981    Founder, Massachusetts Computer corporation (now Concurrent Computer Corporation)
  • 1986    Guest Lecturer at Hefei Polytechnical University, Hefei, China, as part of World Bank’s Chinese University Development Project
  • 1992-1993    Visiting Professor, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, UK
  • 1992 - 2003    Co-Director, International Consortium for Medical Imaging Technology (ICMIT)
  • 2001    Visiting Professor, Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London
  • 2001-present    Trustee, Fidelity Non-Profit Management Foundation
  • 2004    Panel Member, International Review of Engineering in the UK, (EPSRC and the Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • 2005-2012    Guest Lecturer, National University Singapore (SMA Summer Lecture    Series)

MIT Service

  • 1968-1976    Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1975-1983    Head, Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • 1976-1998    Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • 1983-2007    Member of Faculty of Health Sciences & Technology (HST), Harvard and MIT
  • 1998-2005    Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering
  • 2001-2003    Head, Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory, MIT
  • 2005-2017   Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering
  • 2017-present   Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering (Emeritus)


  • Last two years:
  • Chua Huey Eng,Sourav S Bhowmick†, C Forbes Dewey, Jr. "TRECENTO: Towards Data-driven Discovery of Superior Target Combinations for Combination Therapy." (in preparation, 2015).
  • Surendran, Akila, C. Forbes Dewey, Jr., Boon Chuan Low, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg. "Bistability and its Implications for Mechano-signaling: A Computational Model of Mutual Antagonism between RhoA and Nitric Oxide Signaling."  FEBS J, 2015 (in review).
  • McDougal, Anthony, David Sosnovik, and C. Forbes Dewey, Jr. " A model for metabolism in ischemic cardiomyocytes." (in preparation:2015).
  • Seah, Boon-Siew, Sourav S. Bhowmick, and C Forbes Dewey, Jr.. "DiffNet: automatic differential functional summarization of dE-MAP networks." Methods 69, no. 3 (2014): 247-56.
  • Seah, Boon-Siew, Sourav S. Bhowmick, and C Forbes Dewey, Jr.. "DualAligner: a dual alignment-based strategy to align protein interaction networks." Bioinformatics 30, no. 18 (2014): 2619-26.
  • Giantsos-Adams, Kristina M., Andrew Jia- An Koo, Sukhyun Song, Jiro Sakai, Jagadish Sankaran, Jennifer H. Shin, Guillermo Garcia-Cardena, and C Forbes Dewey, Jr.. "Heparan Sulfate Regrowth Profiles Under Laminar Shear Flow Following Enzymatic Degradation." Cell Mol Bioeng 6, no. 2 (2013): 160-174.
  • Koo, Andrew, David Nordsletten, Renato Umeton, Beracah Yankama, Shiva Ayyadurai, Guillermo Garcia-Cardena, and C Forbes Dewey, Jr.. "In silico modeling of shear-stress-induced nitric oxide production in endothelial cells through systems biology." Biophys J 104, no. 10 (2013): 2295-306.
  • Koo, Andrew, C Forbes Dewey, Jr., and Guillermo Garcia-Cardena. "Hemodynamic shear stress characteristic of atherosclerosis-resistant regions promotes glycocalyx formation in cultured endothelial cells." Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 304, no. 2 (2013): C137-46.


  • C.F. Dewey, Jr., Tunable Laser, U.S. Patent 3,697,889 (10 October 1972).
  • C.F. Dewey, Jr., Light-Pumped Laser, U.S. Patent 3,710,277 (9 January 1973).
  • C.F. Dewey, Jr., Laser System for Producing Wave-length-Tunable Radiation, U.S. Patent 3,731,110 (1 May 1973).
  • C.F. Dewey, Jr., Multiple-Path Spectrometer System, U.S. Patent 3,853,407 (10 December 1974).
  • C.F Dewey, Jr., Resonant Opto-Acoustic Detection System, U.S. Patent 3,938,365 (17 February 1976).
  • C.F. Dewey, Jr., “Method of Measuring the Heating Value of Natural Gas,” U.S. Patent 3,950,101 (13 April 1976).
  • C.F. Dewey, Jr., “NonLinear Amplifying”, U.S. Patent 3,988,593 (26 October 1976).
  • C. F. Dewey, Jr., Opto-Acoustic Spectroscopy Employing Amplitude Wavelength Modulation, U.S. Patent 4,051,371 (27 September 1977).
  • Vortex-Shedding Flow-meter Having Two Bluff Bodies, U.S. Patent 4,350,047.(21 September 1982).
  • Nanocrystal-based 3-Dimensional Tracking Method with 3 nm Spatial Resolution. U.S. Patent 8,947,516 (2015)