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My current research interests are in the field of continuum mechanics. In the long term, I want to focus on providing links between the fundamental research of the mechanics of the continua and the formation of patterns and their application, with an ultimate aim at improving the understanding of the physics of biological systems.
My research plan involves the development of continuum models and their implementation in numerical codes, using knowledge of continuum mechanics, especially linear and non-linear elasticity, aspects of variational calculus and techniques of asymptotic analysis for linear stability analysis and far-from-threshold analysis. My research incorporates the use of both analytical and numerical tools and I will continue with this double-pronged approach while developing future research: analytical approaches are fundamental to derive quantitative insights, that are often valid under simplified hypothesis and that can be used to guide the numerical analysis; in turn, fully non-linear regimes that can be investigated by setting finite element simulations that allow to overcome the limitations given by the analytical approach and to show additional features of the problem under investigation.

Specific research themes that I am currently working on are:

  • Effect of a curvature stimulus in morphing soft solids.
  • Dynamics of snapping.
  • Coupling morphoelasticity to Turing instability for the remodelling of biological tissues.

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