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People

We made the experience that the first step in finding discussion- and cooperation partners is to know people working in the same field or on complementary problems. Hence, here we want to provide a platform where researchers can introduce themselfes and their fields to facilitate scientific exchange. 

CurvoBio researchers

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Cécile Bidan

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Germany

Department of Biomaterials

My research aims at clarifying the principles that guide tissue architecture. How do cells design and structure their extracellular matrix into a complex 3D supracellular microenvironment that fulfills mechanical and biological functions, while matching the surrounding physical constraints? I am currently focusing on microbial tissues, with the perspective to design biofilm-based materials.

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John Dunlop

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

Austria

Chemistry and Physics of Materials

I would like to understand how biological tissues change shape and develop their internal microstructure during growth and morphogenesis. We observe how living tissues interact with their physical environment and then use this information to feed into computational models to predict growth and patterning in 3D. If we can understand this well, perhaps in the future tissues can be grown in particular patterns to attain a desired functionality.

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Andreas Roschger

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

Austria

Chemistry and Physics of Materials

When investigating the principles of tissue growth on the cellular level, we need to explore the mechanical properties on a micro length scale. I want to understand the tricks that nature uses to create complex shapes and link the findings to tissue development. Especially for bone growth, much is to learn about the connections between physical principles and the biology of tissue formation.

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Barbara Schamberger

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

Austria

Chemistry and Physics of Materials

The main question within my research is “How does osteoid tissue form?”.

I investigate the intriguing structures within a forming tissue from a subcellular to a multicellular length scale by combining microfabrication techniques, in-vitro approaches and advances microscopy methods like light sheet or confocal microscopy.

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Ricardo Ziege

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Germany

Department of Biomaterials

My research aims at clarifying how biofilms integrate cues from their environment.

Therefore, I am studying the interplay of biofilm growth, morphogenesis and biofilm

material properties with tools such as time-lapse imaging, automated image analysis

and nanoindentation

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Michał Bykowski

Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw

Poland

Department of Plant Anatomy and Cytology

In my research I focus on the role of lipids in the structure and plasticity of plastid membranes. Out of the ordinary membrane structure is what interest me the most. I try to combine biochemical and ultrastructural approach to investigate the composition of such fascinating structures.

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Łucja Kowalewska

Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw

Poland

Department of Plant Anatomy and Cytology

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Ioannis Papantoniou

KU Leuven

Belgium

Department of Development & Regeneration

I am studying dynamic membranes of plant plastids focusing on their structural plasticity. I am particularly interested in understanding the structure-function relationship and self-organization mechanisms of inner plastid membrane assemblies - from cubic bicontinuous configurations of etioplast prolamellar bodies to lamellar structures of chloroplast thylakoids.

My main research interests focus on engineering tissues for skeletal defect regeneration. Curvature is one of the drivers of neotissue formation and may guide morphogenesis. In other cases it act as agent for tissue growth arrest. Hence understanding these principles design rules could be extracted leading to rational bioprocesses for living implant engineering.

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Aleš Iglič

University of Ljubljana

Slovenia

 Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Electrostatics and statistical physics of biological membranes, shapes of cells and liposomes, physics of electric double layer, synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials and their interactions with biological cells and liposomes, topological defects, extracellular vesicles (EVs)

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Rui Ruben

Polytechnic Institute of Leiria

Portugal

ESTG, CDRSP

Rui B Ruben has a BSc, MSc and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. However, since the BSc final work he is working in Computational Biomechanics. Therefore, main research interest areas are Computational Biomechanics applied to implants, scaffolds, respiratory analysis and medical image. Nevertheless, Rui Ruben also have some works in mesh generation and composites.

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Nenad Pavin 

Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb

Croatia

Department of Physics

I and my colleagues study how microtubules and molecular motors organize the cell interior, and we develop theoretical models in parallel with on-going experiments of my collaborators in Zagreb and abroad. In our mutual theory, we employ a basic knowledge of statistical physics and classical mechanics as well as known physical properties of microtubules and molecular motors.

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Karine Anselme

CNRS

France

Mulhouse Materials Science Institute

My background is in Cell Biology and Biomaterials science. Since 2003, I am CNRS Research Professor at the Institute of Materials Science of Mulhouse (France) where I am developing research on Biointerfaces and Biomaterials with a focus on Cellular integration of cell scale topography, Microstructure-driven cell deformation and more specifically Curvature-driven cell migration (Curvotaxis).

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Robert Vacha

Masaryk University

Czech Republic

CEITEC

I am interested in the interaction of lipid membranes and protein/peptides at the atomistic level. We mainly use computer simulations to understand why and how is the membrane curvature induced and sensed by peptides. The sequence-to-function relation we aim to gain will be applied to the selectivity of peptide/proteins to specific membranes, formation of membrane pores, or different lipid phases.

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Poul Martin Bendix

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

BIOPHYSICS OF THE CELL SURFACE The aim is to understand how cells dynamically organize their cell surface and perform all the functions associated with the surface of the cell like remodelling of the plasma membrane, cell - cell interactions, lateral redistribution of proteins in the membrane and membrane repair. We study these physical phenomena like filopodia dynamics, cell surface repair.

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Myfanwy Evans

University of Potsdam

Germany

Institute for Mathematics

I am interested in using geometric and topological ideas in understanding the form and function of tangled systems, in particular in periodic entangled structures. These tangled systems have relevance in polymeric and biological materials.

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Jacob Kirkensgaard

University of Copenhagen

Denmark

Niels Bohr Institute & Dept. of Food Science

My research focus is mesoscale self-assembly and the formation of geometrically and topologically complex structures in soft matter systems, both synthetic systems like block copolymers and amphiphiles and biological systems, eg. photosynthetic membranes and biomacromolecules. I have combined expertise in coarse-grained molecular simulations and small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering techniques.

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Vasileios Vavourakis

University of Cyprus

Cyprus

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

My scientific expertise is in applied mechanics and biomechanics, mathematical and computer (in silico) modelling and high-performance computing; hence, my research interests span across scientific computing and modelling to systems biology and biomedical physics. My long-term research vision is to bridge models (in silico, in vitro, in vivo) with imaging methods, towards developing novel digital.

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Uroš Tkalec

University of Ljubljana

Slovenia

Faculty of Medicine

My research interests span topological soft matter, self-assembly, knots and topological defects in complex fluids, and liquid crystal microfluidics.

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Rumiana Dimova

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Germany

Biophysics Lab

My group tackles a variety of open questions in cell membrane biophysics and synthetic biology while employing giant vesicles. We use them as a platform to develop new methods for the biophysical characterization of membranes and processes involving them. Curvature generation, sensing and modulation in membranes is one main aspect we try to address.

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Anupam Sengupta

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Department of Physics and Materials Science

As an ATTRACT Fellow and tenure track Professor of Biophysics, I direct the Physics of Living Matter Group, an interdisciplinary team of physicists, biologists, engineers and mathematicians. We develop experiments, theory and numerics to uncover cross-scale adaptive strategies in microbes relevant to environment, human health and biomaterials, using concepts in complex fluids, active & soft matter.

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Biophysics Lab

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Marite Cardenas

Malmö University

Sweden

Agustin Mangiarotti

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Germany

Biomedical Science

My main research interest covers relations between structure/function and composition of biological interfaces and biological colloids. I have 14+ years of experience of studying lipid membrane structure and since two years ago started to explore the role of curvature of membrane structure using neutron scattering.

My research interests are focused on membrane biophysics and the effects of macromolecular crowding and protein liquid -liquid phase separation on membrane properties. I am currently exploring the mechanism of membrane remodeling driven by protein droplets, trying to correlate the behavior at the nanometer scale with the morphological response at the micrometer scale.

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Caterina Tomba

CNRS

France

Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology - Biotechnology and Healthcare

My researches focus on tissue mechanics and I’m developing in vitro systems to control the geometry of epithelial monolayers in time and space. In particular, I’m currently interested in understanding how the architecture of the intestinal wall affects tissue growth and maintenance.

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Sylvain Gabriele

University of Mons

Belgium

Research Institute for Biosciences

My group works in cell mechanobiology to understand how the physico-chemical properties of the extracellular matrix (ECM) regulate signaling pathways and cellular functions. We modulate the curvature of synthetic matrices for explore curvosensing mechanisms at individual and collective cell levels.

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Nicholas Kurniawan

 Eindhoven University of Technology

Netherlands

Biomedical Engineering

My group works in understanding the link between the geometrical properties of cells, tissues, and organ(oid)s and their biological functions. This includes a variety of fundamental mechanobiological processes, such as cell phenotype, migration, contractility, and differentiation, as well as macro-scale regenerative processes, such as ECM deposition, degradation, and morphogenesis.

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Axel Voigt

Technische Universität Dresden

Germany

Institute of Scientific Computing

My research aims to solve partial differential equations on surfaces 
and to explore the effect of curvature on the solution. Current problems
of interest in biology are cortical flows in C. elegans embryos and mechanical 
cues for morphogenesis evolving from topological defects in epithelia 
monolayers.

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Sun-Min Yu

 Institute for Basic Science

Korea

Center for Soft and Living Matter

Her research interest is focused on cell biology study exploring how physical cell microenvironments can change the fate, differentiation, and physiology of cells/tissues.