About

I am a theoretical physicist working at the interface between physics and biology. In particular, I employ tools from theoretical physics to develop models that help answer questions in biology. These models are usually complex and in most cases cannot be solved analytically. To deal with this, I employ numerical methods such as molecular dynamics or finite elements.

In my master thesis with Fernando Falo and Jesús Gómez-Gardeñes we studied cell-fate decisions in multicellular systems. We developed a model based on gene regulatory networks to understand one of the simplest multicellular systems: heterocyst formation in cyanobacteria filaments.

During my PhD and postdoc in the group of Marino Arroyo, I focused in the mechanics of fluid biological interfaces such as lipid bilayers or the cell cortex. We developed modelling tools based on continuum mechanics to deal with the multi-physics aspects of these systems and the differential geometry of fluid deformable surfaces. To solve the resulting partial differential equations on a time-evolving geometry, we developed specialised numerical methods. We also investigated the connection between molecular and continuum models at the nanoscale from molecular dynamics simulations.

Currently, I am a postdoc at the Francis Crick Institute in London where I work in the group of Guillaume Salbreux. My work focuses on the interplay between cell-fate decisions and mechanics in developing embryos.

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