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Biomat 2023: Multiscale Methods at the Frontier Between Data and Mathematical Models

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Advanced course / School
From June 12, 2023
to June 16, 2023
Registration deadline 20 / 05 / 2023


The eighteenth edition of the Biomat International Summer School is based on the relationship between Biochemistry and Biomechanics, and their possible applications in neuroscience. The determination of the chemical interactions that govern the genesis, growth and renewal of different types of tissues is an emerging research problem in which advances have begun to be made with important implications. To some extent, it may be surprising to understand that the mechanical interactions that take place during the mentioned processes can also condition the functioning of a whole series of chemical reactions that take place in the tissue itself. The proper understanding of this type of relationship requires approaches that combine physical-mathematical foundations, analysis of experimental data, and computational simulation of models.

That is why the lines of teaching and research that this summer school addresses are found at the interface between Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science and the aforementioned Life Sciences and Social Sciences. The speakers have extensive experience in multidisciplinary research, which, from the point of view of training young scientists, will allow them to integrate various research sensibilities: mathematical modeling from micro to macro, complexity, data analysis, developmental biology , biomechanics, tumor dynamics, cell mechanics, social dynamics, numerical simulation, Deep learning… In turn, students will be able to make contact with the new frontiers of knowledge that are opening up as a result of the combination of the mentioned aspects, allowing them to acquire a privileged position to address cutting-edge lines of research with wide repercussions on society.

It is a fact that these types of topics are framed in an international context that is increasingly conducive to collaborations between scientists and specialists from different disciplines. For the reasons mentioned, this type of multidisciplinary school is growing.



4 sessions, the first of which is devoted to a general introduction to the subject matter dealt within the course, and from there more specific/technical aspects are developed

Keynote talks

2-session talks by specialists of recognized prestige in their areas

Short half-hour talks

reserved for young speakers to present your work




Katie Bentley

Francis Crick Institute & King’s College, London

Katie Bentley earned a PhD in Computer Science from University College London in 2006 investigating morphological plasticity in biological and robotic systems after gaining an interdisciplinary Masters from the University of Sussex in 2002 in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems. She joined the Francis Crick Institute and the informatics Department at King’s College London in 2018.


Mathematical modelling of self-organisation during embryonic development

Dagmar Iber

ETH Zurich

Dagmar Iber studied mathematics and biochemistry in Regensburg, Cambridge, and Oxford. She holds Master degrees and PhDs in both disciplines. After three years as a Junior Research Fellow in St John’s College, Oxford, Dagmar became a lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London. Dagmar has joined ETH Zurich in 2008 after returning from an investment bank where she worked as an oil option trader for one year.


Cell Motility

Jean-François Joanny

College de France

After physics studies at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS ULM), Jean-François obtained his Thèse de 3e cycle in 1978 on polymer demixing and Thèse d’Etat in 1985 on wetting phenomena under the supervision of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes.  Since January 2019, he is Professor at Collège de France, where he holds the chair of soft-matter and biophysics. Jean-François Joanny has received several distinctions: silver and bronze medals from the CNRS or the Ampère prize from the Académie des sciences. He was a junior and senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF).


Bridging between higher-order mechanisms and higherorder phenomena

Giovanni Petri

CENTAI Institute

I am a Principal Researcher at CENTAI Institute working on topological approaches to complex networks and their underlying geometry, with special attention to the topology of brain structure and dynamics. Previously affiliation: ISI FoundationImperial College London.


      • PhD in Complex Networks, 2012Imperial College London
      • MSc in Theoretical Physics, 2008University of Pisa
      • BSc in Physics, 2005University of Pisa



Bernadette Stolz-Pretzer

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
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Marino Arroyo

Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya
Professor Marino Arroyo is an associate researcher at IBEC and a member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Institute of Mathematics of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)-BarcelonaTech (IMTech) of the UPC, where he leads the Mechanics of soft and living interfaces laboratory from the Cell and Tissue Mechanobiology Research Program. His research objective is to develop mathematical and computational models to understand the mechanics of biological interfaces, cells and tissues, that is, the small-scale mechanics of biological materials and systems.



Ana Paula Millán

Universidad de Granada
In 2014 she obtained a degree in Physics from the University of Granada and in 2015 she completed a Master’s Degree in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Granada and the University of Castilla-la Mancha, specializing in biomathematics. She obtained here PhD in the Department of Electromagnetism and Physics of Matter at the University of Granada under the co-direction of Joaquín J. Torres and Joaquín Marro, studying statistical physics phenomena in complex networks, and their possible application in neuroscience. She is a member of the research group on Statistical Physics and Complex Systems, at the University of Granada.


Mechanobiology of cell sheets from the bottom up

Xavier Trepat

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia
Xavier Trepat received a BSc in Physics in 2000 and a B.Sc in Engineering in 2001. In 2004 he obtained his PhD from the Medical School at the University of Barcelona. He then joined the Program in Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences at Harvard University as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2008 he became a Ramon y Cajal researcher at the University of Barcelona and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), and in January 2011 he became an ICREA Research Professor. His research at IBEC focuses on integrative tissue dynamics and cytoskeletal mechanics.



Alfonso Valencia

Centro Nacional de Supercomputación de Barcelona

Alfonso Valencia is the director of the Spanish National Bioinformatics Institute (INB-ISCIII). The INB represents the Spanish node of the European Bioinformatics infrastructure ELIXIR, and is committed to generating and supplying bioinformatics solutions in the context of national and international activities and consortia. His research group is dedicated to the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence to Personalized Medicine, and exhibits ample experience in the development of software platforms for the extraction, integration and representation of big data for large-scale genome projects. 

Organising and Scientific Committee

Tomas Alarcon | ICREA-CRM
Juan Calvo | Universidad de Granada
David Poyato | Universidad de Granada
Juan Soler | Universidad de Granada


Participants have the option to contribute with a 30 min talk presentation if they wish to do so. To apply, please select the relevant option during the registration process.
Contributions deadline: May 2nd, 2023
Ressolutions will be send by May 9th, 2023


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