Team

Multidisciplinary team from diverse disciplines: solid mechanics, bioengineering, material science, biology, computational mechanics, others.

Principal Investigator

Daniel García-González

Princial Investigator, ERC StG Grantee and Talent Attraction Fellow from Comunidad de Madrid, Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis.

  • PhD: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, International program with Research Stay at University of Oxford.
  • Co-authored of more than 30 JCR scientific articles in numerous renowned journals: JMPS, IJSS, IJP, Scientific Reports, elife, EML, Composites Part B: Eng., others. In addition, he has presented in several conferences and as invited lecturer in numerous renowned institutions.
  • In 2020 he received the ERC Starting Grant 4D-BIOMAP and creates the Multifunctional Structures and Biomechanics Lab.
  • In 2018 he got the Talent Attraction Fellowship from Comunidad de Madrid.
  • He has carried out postdoctoral stays at numerous renowned institutions, i.e., University of Oxford, University of Austin at Texas, Louisiana State University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Lorraine at Metz, others.
  • Main research lines: multifunctional materials, biomechanics, advanced modelling of polymers.

Key Collaborators

Ángel Arias

Professor, Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis.

Josue Aranda-Ruiz

Assistant Professor, Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis.

María Arrate Muñoz-Barrutia

Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering.

Diego Velasco

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering.

  • PhD: Universidad Complutense de Madrid and I3P-CSIC, International program with Research Stays at Centre of Biomedical Engineering Sciences (NCBES) and Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway).
  • Co-authored more than 20 JCR articles in renowned journals, 6 other peer-review articles and 3 book chapters. In addition, he has presented in various international conferences and 8 invited lectures.
  • He has carried out postdoctoral stays at Prof. Eugenia Kumacheva’s laboratory, Chemistry Department, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), as postdoctoral fellow from NSREC (Canada Research Chair).
  • Main research interests: skin engineering, in particular, the optimization of preclinical 3D cultured skin substitutes, improving the mechanical and biological properties of the dermal compartment with natural and synthetic biomaterials. Generation of more complex skin equivalents with appendages such as hair follicles in the skin equivalents. Design of new bioinks for the regeneration of human skin for their use in extrusion-based bioprinting technology as well as the design of new chips using microfabrication technology and microfluidics for the modelling of the skin and its diseases.

Ramón Zaera

Professor, Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis.

  • Professor at the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, University Carlos III of Madrid.
  • BSc, MSc and PhD (1997) in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
  • His scientific work is related primarily with mechanical characterization materials at high strain rates, development of constitutive equations and their integration algorithms, analysis of dynamic plastic instabilities, and impact problems on aircraft structures.

  • Currently, he is involved in the study of generalized continuum mechanics, dynamics of metamaterials and mechanics of biological structures.
  • He has published 92 scientific papers indexed in JCR (h index=32, Scopus, May 2021).

– He has leaded 7 projects with public funding.

Gertrudis Perea

Head of Neuron-Glia Networks Lab, Cajal Institute (CSIC). Department of Functional and Systems Neurobiology.

PhD: Universidad Autonoma of Madrid (UAM).
Científico Titular of CSIC
Co-authored of more than 35 JRC scientific papers, H-index 26, > 3900 citations
Research lines: Neuron-glia signaling in health and disease, Astrocyte role in cognitive functions.

Key External Collaborators

Chad M. Landis

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Daniel Barba

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Gertrudis Perea

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Alexis Rusinek

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Mokarram Hossain

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Sergio Lucarini

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • PhD: Polytechnic University of Madrid, carried out at IMDEA Materials Institute, ‘Cum Laude’ and international mentions with a research stay at University of California Los Angeles.
  • Post-Doc at IMDEA Materials Institute in 2020
  • Co-author of 8 JCR scientific articles in renowned journals: JMPS, IJF, Comput. Mech., IJES. He has given talks in several international conferences and participated in several European and national research and industrial projects.
  • Co-author of two registered software for micromechanics simulations.

Marisa López

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • PhD: Organic Chemistry (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) with a “FPU” grant. Research Stays at University of Pisa (Italy), King’s College London University, (England), University of Washington, Seattle, USA and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF).

  • Co-authored 9 JCR articles in renowned journals, a peer-review articles and 2 book chapters. In addition, she has presented in various international conferences and 8 invited lectures.

  • She has carried out almost four years postdoctoral stays at Prof. Paul Santerre’s laboratory at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), funded by Ontario Ministry of Innovation  ORF-RE. Recently, she has worked as research assistant at Prof. San Roman’s laboratory (ICTP-CSIC) and Prof. MR Aguilar’s (ciber-bbn).

  • Main research interests: biomaterials, nanomedicine, design of new bioinks for tissue engineering. Mechanical properties of biomaterials based on natural and synthetic polymers.

PhD Candidates

Javier Crespo

PhD Candidate

  • In 2020 he got the FPI national grant from Ministerio de Universidades to carry out his PhD thesis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • MSc in Industrial Mechanics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Master´s thesis awarded with honour mention.
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • Experienced in numerical modelling of nonlinear electro-active polymers. Knowledge in various numerical tools, highlighting the use of the Finite Element Method and optimization algorithms.
  • Main research lines: characterization and advanced modelling of electro-active elastomers.

Jorge González Rico-Iriarte

PhD Candidates

  • In 2021 he started working under a PIPF grant to carry out his PhD thesis on biological applications of magneto-active elastomers and hydrogels.
  • MSc: Bioinformatics and Biostatistics in Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (with Universidad de Barcelona).
  • BSc: Biomedical Engineering in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • Experience in cell culture and cell biology techniques, hydrogel fabrication and characterization, as well as statistical modelling of biological processes.
  • Main research lines: characterization of magneto-active elastomers and hydrogels and biological applications in vitro.

Miguel Ángel Moreno

PhD Candidate

  • In 2020 he got the FPU national grant from Ministerio de Universidades to carry out his PhD thesis in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • MSc: Industrial Engineering, in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • BSc: Mechanical Engineering, in Universidad de Jaén. Awarded Best in Class.
  • In 2018, during his stay in Hochschule München, he received an International Engineering Certificate with focus on Mechanical Engineering.
  • Experienced in mechanical and optical experimental methods to characterise different materials. Some of these methods include, among others, rheological and nanoindentation tests, digital image correlation (DIC) analysis and thermoelastic stress analysis (TSA).

Main research lines: characterisation and advanced modelling of magneto-active elastomers. These activities are developed across time and size scales.

Carlos Pérez

PhD Candidate

  • In 2021 he starts his PhD thesis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • MSc: Mechanical Engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • BSc: Industrial Mechanics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • Since 2019 he participates in a national project from Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
  • Experience in finite element method (FEM), structural analysis and multiple scales method for linear and non-linear free vibration analysis of continuous systems.
  • Main research lines: advanced computational modelling of hard-magnetic soft composites, free vibration behaviour analysis applying perturbation techniques.

Graduate Students

Ernesto González

Graduate Students

Project Manager

Mercedes Avilés Escudero

Project Manager

Alumni

Emanuel Núnez

Former BSc student

Sara Garzón-Hernández

Former PhD student

Ignacio Tirado-García

Former MSc student

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