Cellular Mechanobiology Lab

The Cellular Mechanobiology Lab focuses on the role played by mechanical forces and physical cues in cell function. We aim at understanding the mechanisms by which physical forces are transduced into biologically relevant signals, and their role in the homoeostasis of key physiological processes whose alteration eventually leads to pathology or degeneration, such as in cancer or ageing. Moreover, we are interested in developing enabling microscopy and spectroscopy tools to measure mechanical properties, image and manipulate biological objects at the level of cells and molecules.

We are integrated in the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment of the University of Glasgow, in a vibrant context of bioengineers and cell engineers, interested in understanding the interactions between materials, proteins and cells to gain fundamental insight into engineering cell behaviour and translating technologies to provide better healthcare.

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FluidFM as powerful tool for mechanobiology on a single cell level
FluidFM as powerful tool for mechanobiology on a single cell level

FluidFM as powerful tool for mechanobiology on a single cell level. With talk by M. Mathelié-Guinlet, UCLouvain, followed by live demo. Book your seat online!

JoVE Methods Collections
JoVE Methods Collections

Methods for unveiling mechanics in mechanobiology curated by Massimo Vassalli, Mariana Azevedo Gonzalez Oliva and Giuseppe Ciccone.

N4M 2020 Special Issue
N4M 2020 Special Issue

For the 2020 edition of the N4M symposium, a Special Issue of European Biophysics Journal is being edited by Silvia Caponi (lead editor), Aldo Ferrari and Massimo Vassalli.

If you are interested in submitting a contribution, please contact Silvia Caponi directly.