My research investigates principles of organization/mechanics in animal muscle-skeletal systems, deriving core concepts in biology and evolution, but also principles relevant for biomedicine, engineering and design. Our group's multidisciplinary studies include investigations of animal biomechanics down to tissue material analyses, applying engineering, computer science and materials science to the natural sciences.
Mason Dean is a marine biologist, zoologist and anatomist, studying skeletal development, structure and function in vertebrate animals, but with a particular focus on (and affection for) sharks and rays.
In addition to his work at CityU, he is a Guest Scientist at in the Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (where he led a research workgroup prior to moving to Hong Kong) and an Associate Investigator in the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Excellence Cluster ‘Matters of Activity’, collaborating with designers, engineers and architects to study anatomy. His work on “form-function” relationships in animal skeletons allows him to combine Zoology and Comparative Anatomy with illustration and 3D digital visualization.