Mechanics of soft and living interfaces


Biological interfaces across scales, including biomembranes, the cell cortex, or epithelial sheets, are unique multifunctional materials that control key structural and mechanical functions of cells and tissues, including their shape, mechanical properties, and locomotion. At scales below 10s of microns, elasticity, hydrodynamics and chemistry become intertwined and these systems are permanently driven out of equilibrium by biological activity. Furthermore, large geometric transformations and molecular crowding lead to strong nonlinearity. Our goal is to develop theoretical models and computational methods to quantitatively understand the mechanobiology of these interfaces, in tight interaction with experiments. We hope to answer fundamental scientific questions and to transpose the underlying engineering principles of these biological interfaces into to new artificial materials.

Specific research lines include:

  • Dynamics of bilayer membranes and their interaction with membrane proteins
  • Soft adhesion mediated by specific binders
  • Cortex mechanics
  • Epithelial mechanics
  • Cell locomotion
  • Mathematical models and finite element methods for coupled systems of interfacial/bulk partial differential equations
  • Theoretical modelling of coupled chemo-elasto-hydrodynamical active systems
  • Differential geometry and mechanics


Group Leader

Marino Arroyo

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Post Doc Researchers



Sohan S. Kale



Daniel Santos



Alejandro Torres
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Guillermo Vilanova



Nikhil Walani



Jing Yang


Ph. D Students



Nimesh Chahare



Jordi Font



Dimitri Kaurin



Ernest Latorre



Waleed Mirza



Adam Ouzeri



Caterina Tozzi