Invited lectures

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

·        Marino Arroyo, UPC (Spain). 

Collective invasion in strain-stiffening matrices by durolysis


·         Stéphane Avril, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (France). 

Bridging the gap between mechanobiology of aortic smooth muscle cells and biomechanics of aortic aneurysms


·         Alessandra Cambi, Radboud University (The Netherlands). 

Mechanobiology of immune cells: how stiffness and geometry of the extracellular environment influence myeloid cell properties


·         Guillaume Charras, University College London (UK). 

The rupture strength of living cell sheets


·         Ovijit Chaudhuri, Stanford (USA). 

Cell migration and morphogenesis in viscoelastic matrices


·         Christian J. Cyron, TU Hamburg (Germany). 

What mechanical quantity do cells regulate in soft tissues?


·         Xiaoyun Ding, University of Colorado Boulder (USA). 

High throughput mechanical disruption of plasma membrane and nuclear envelope for repair dynamics study


·         Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania (USA). 

Pan-tissue scaling of mechanoregulated genes and heritable genetic changes in cancer


·         Ben Fabry, Univ Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). 

High-throughput measurements of viscoelastic cell properties: Potential and limitations


·         Elisabeth Fischer-Friedrich, TU Dresden (Germany). 

Twofold mechanosensitivity ensures actin cortex reinforcement upon peaks in mechanical tension


·         Héctor Gómez, Purdue University (USA). 

Computational modeling of collective chemotaxis


·         Sandra Loerakker, TU Eindhoven (The Netherlands). 

Computational models to understand and advance the regeneration of engineered cardiovascular tissues


·         Patrick McGarry, NUI Galway (Ireland). 

Active contractility and remodelling of stress fibres and sarcomeres


 ·        Debora Monego, Uni-Heidelberg (Germany). 

 Exploring the evolutionary mechanisms of collagen as a protein material


·         Emad Moeendarbary, University College London (UK). 

Mechanics of cancer cell extravasation


·         Corey Neu, University of Colorado Boulder (USA). 

Inverse modeling to map heterogeneous properties of the cell nucleus


·         José A. Sanz-Herrera, University of Seville (Spain). 

Monitoring the mechanical activity of cancer cells under normal, hypoxic and chemotherapeutic conditions


·        Ulrich Schwarz, Heidelberg University (Germany). 

Controlling cell contraction by optogenetics


·         Vivek Shenoy, University of Pennsylvania (USA). 

How do forces from the cell’s environment affect DNA organization?


·         Bart Smeets, KU Leuven (Belgium). 

Computational modeling of active foam dynamics in 3D tissues


·         Hans Van Oosterwyck, KU Leuven (Belgium).

Measuring cellular forces in 3D and application to microvascular disease