About me

I am a postdoc in Celia Baroux group at the University of Zürich.
Previously I have been a member of Richard Smith group at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne.
My research focus is morphogenesis of biological organisms and quantification of mechanical properties in plant cells (and partially also in animal organisms) using computational tools. 
I did an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the interface between mechanics, biology and informatics at the Institute of Plant Sciences in Bern.
My background is in physics, and this characterises my approach to biomechanics.

In collaboration with Richard Smith group I am finalising MorphoMechanX, a user-friendly and interactive framework based in Finite Element Methods  to perform continuum mechanics simulations for static equilibrium and growth. The following video is an example of the platform. 

Here we can see an example of inflation on a portion of sepal tissue of A. thaliana (provided by Aleksandra Sapala) where we acted interactively on the template by removing some cells as to simulate an ablation process. After the inflation we display the trace of the Cauchy stress and its principal directions.

To know more about  my current research and the FEM software MorphoMechanX, go to the section Research.