Jose Munoz

-Associate Professor
-j.munoz at upc dot edu
-Tel: +34 93 413 72 53, +34 93 401 16 26
ResearcherID: B-2475-2009
-Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Dept. Mathematics.
-School of Engineering Barcelona East (EEBE) Office A9.40 Barcelona, E-08030 Spain

PhD Students

Malik Dawi
Malik Dawi – PhD: Universitat Politàcnica (Barcelona, Spain) – UGA (Grenoble, France)



Payman Mosaffa
Payman Mosaffa

Ester Comellas
Ester Comellas

Master/Graduate Students

Alicja Kubik
Alicja Kubik
Cristian Borja
Cristian Borja


Main Research topics

-Wound healing: hybrid algorithm for vertex and bulk rheology of monolayers (in collaboartion with Yanlan Mao and Filippos Ioannou, University College London).
Wound2D Wound3Dt
-Inverse analysis. Force inference from measured displacement in embryogenesis: Drosophila fly invagination (in collaboration with Vito Conte at TU/e, The Netherlands).
-Embryogenesis of Central Nervous System (CNS). Finite Element viscoelastic mechanical analysis of CNS during condensation in Drosophila fly embryo (in collaboration with Enrique-Martin Blanco, IBMB-CSIC, and Tim Saunders’ Lab, NUS).
-Cell and tissue oscillations. Analysis of stability and oscillatory behaviour based on delayed rest-length changes.


Research Program at LaCaN

Cell and tissue mechanics in embryogenesis



Yanlan Mao (UCL, UK), Filippos Ioannou
Vito Conte (TU/e, The Netherlands)
-Melda Tozluoglu (UCL, UK)
Guillaume Charras (UCL, UK), Narges Kahligharibi
Enrique Martín-Blanco (IBMB-CSIC, Spain)
Tim Saunders (NUS, Singapre)
Giovanni Cappello (UGA, France)
Sandra Shefelbine (Northeastern University, USA)

Publications. Articles.

    • [35] Mosaffa, P., Tetley R.J., Rodríguez-Ferran, A., Mao, Y., Muñoz, J.J. Junctional and cytoplasmic contributions in wound healing. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 17:20200264, 2020.



    • [33] M. Tozluoglu, M. Duda, N.J. Kirkland, R. Barrientos, J.J. Burden, J.J. Muñoz, Y. Mao. “Planar differential growth rates initiate precise fold positions in complex epithelia”. Dev. Cell. 51(3): 299-312, 2019.


    • [32] N. Khalilgharibi, J. Fouchard, N. Asadipour, R. Barrientos, M Duda, A. Bonfanti, A. Yonis, A. Harris, P. Mosaffa, Y. Fujita, A. Kabla, Y. Mao, B. Baum, J.J. Muñoz, M. Miodownik, G. Charras. “Stress relaxation in epithelial monolayers is controlled by the actomyosin cortex”. Nature Physics, 15: 839–847, 2019.




    • [29] J.J. Muñoz, D. Amat, V. Conte. “Computation of forces from deformed visco-elastic biological tissues”. Inverse Problems, 34(4), 044001, 2018. DOI:



    • [27] R. Sunyer, V. Conte, J. Escribano, A. Elosegui-Artola, A. Labernadie, L. Valon, D. Navajas, J.M.García-Aznar, J. J. Muñoz, P. Roca-Cusachs and X. Trepat. “Collective cell durotaxis emerges from long-range intercellular force transmission”. Science. 353(6304): 1157 – 1161, 2016.



Publications. Book chapters.




    • J J Muñoz, V Conte and M Miodownik (2010). “Stress Dependent Morphogenesis Continuum Mechanics and System of Trusses”. Book title: Continuum Mechanics. Andrus Koppel and Jaak Oja (Eds). Nova Publishers, 2010.