Bethany Luke, Ph.D.

Bethany Powell profile

Bethany Luke, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering 219.464.5175 Gellersen Hall, Room 129B


B.S.- Valparaiso University
M.S. – Northwestern University
Ph.D. – Northwestern University 

Courses Taught
  • Biomaterials
  • Biotechnologies Lab
  • Computational Modeling of Biological Tissue
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Fundamentals of Engineering
  • Measurements Lab
  • Senior Design Project I and II
  • Technical Writing
Research Interests
  • Collagen mechanics
  • Computational modeling
  • Joint health
  • Matrix metalloproteinases
  • Sex hormones
  • Systems biology
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Selected Publications
  • Powell, B., Szleifer, I., and Dhaher Y. “In silico study of principal sex hormone effects on post-injury synovial inflammatory response.” PloS one 13.12 (2018): e0209582.
  • Powell, B., et al. “Effect of collagenase–gelatinase ratio on the mechanical properties of a collagen fibril: a combined Monte Carlo–molecular dynamics study.” Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology (2019): 1-11.
  • Powell, B., Dhaher, Y., and Szleifer, I. “Review of the Multiscale Effects of Female Sex Hormones on Matrix Metalloproteinase-Mediated Collagen Degradation.” Critical Reviews™ in Biomedical Engineering 43.5-6 (2015).
  • Caldwell, M., Casey, E., Powell, B., & Shultz, S. “Hormones.” Sex Differences in Sports Medicine. Ed. Ellen Casey. Springer Publishing Company, 2016. Print.