Seminar - "Engineering mechanics of epithelial cell monolayers", by Marino Arroyo
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. Time: 12 p.m.
Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona.
Epithelial monolayers are extremely simple tissues. They are cohesive sheets of cells attached to a matrix, which delimit free surfaces in our body. Yet, they perform vital functions in the absorption of nutrients, the secretion of various substances, the protection against pathogens, etc. From an engineering point of view, they are remarkable material interfaces capable of adopting 3D shapes adapted to their function, of resisting extreme deformations, and of self-healing if damaged. In this talk, I will report on recent research where the behavior of epithelial monolayers is understood using engineering mechanics and computations.
Associate Professor, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC). Associate Research Professor at CIMNE. Prof. Arroyo obtained a PhD from Northwestern University under the supervision of Ted Belytschko. He then spent two years as a post-doc at Caltech, working with Michael Ortiz, before joining the UPC in 2004.