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Affiliation: University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Dr. Massimo Vassalli is a Reader within the James Watt School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow and PI at the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment (CeMi). He earned a PhD on “Non-Linear dynamics and Complex Systems” from the University of Florence (Italy) and afterwards he entered a career in biophysics, developing advanced methods to study mechanical properties of biological molecules and living cells. Currently he is interested in the process of mechanotransduction, the mechanisms by which cells respond to the physical cues of the environment to establish their physiological or pathological phenotype. Over the last 15 years, Dr. Massimo Vassalli has authored more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, he has been Endeavour Fellow at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney (Australia), and visiting scientist at several international institutions including ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Nice (France).  

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