Jose Munoz I am interested in developing mathematical methods for answering biological problems. The development of continua and particle-based models have allowed biologists and scientist understanding tissue and cell rheology, intercalation, remodelling, and oscillatory responses.

My research focuses on numerical solution of mechanical problems, with emphasis on inverse analysis, delay differential equations and material stability, in the context of finite element and vertex discretisations.

See Pubication List with links, or full list below.

-Associate Professor
-j.munoz at upc dot edu
-Tel: +34 93 413 72 53, +34 93 401 16 26
ResearcherID: B-2475-2009
Google Scholar
Futur (UPC database)
-Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Dept. Mathematics.
-School of Engineering Barcelona East (EEBE) Office A9.40 Barcelona, E-08019 Spain

PhD Students

Ashutosh Bijalwan
Ashutosh Bijalwan – PhD: Universitat Politècnica (Barcelona, Spain)
Adria Villacrosa
Adrià Villacrossa – PhD: Technische Universieit Einhoven (TU/e, Netherlands)) – Universitat Politècnica (Barcelona, Spain). Co-supervised with Vito Conte (IBEC, TU/e)



Ester Comellas
Ester Comellas

Master/Graduate Students

Gabrielle Ah-Hing
Cristian Borja
Cristian Borja


Main Research topics

Stretching Compression
Compression test (see movie) Stretching test (see movie)
  • Wound healing: hybrid algorithm for vertex and bulk rheology of monolayers (in collaboration with Yanlan Mao, 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).
    CNS CNS_gif
    • Cell and tissue oscillations. Analysis of stability and oscillatory behaviour based on delayed rest-length changes.
    Stability Oscillations
    Non-linear oscillations (see movie)

    Research Program at LaCaN

    Cell and tissue mechanics in embryogenesis



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

    Publications. Scientific Articles.

    Publications. Book chapters.

    Publications. Outreach Articles.

    Recent Presentations.