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    Luigi Cabras

    Luigi is postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, on the project "Computational homogenization and microstructural modeling of medium-high carbon steel". He obtained his Master's degree at the University of Cagliari in Civil Engineering, specifically in the field of structural mechanics in 2007. He continued his studies with a University Master Degree in "Design of Structures in Reinforced concrete" at Politecnico di Milano in 2008, where, during the final thesis, he engaged in the joint supervision of the Plan of Requalification Fair of Milan, which involved the analysis of the response of the Isozaki Tower to wind forces, obtained in the GVPM Wind Tunnel. In 2012, he started the PhD in Structural Engineering, at the University of Cagliari. The research was aimed at modelling innovative materials focusing in particular on those with negative Poisson's ratio. During his doctorate, he spent almost two years in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, as an Honorary Researcher Fellow, as part of the Liverpool Waves Group. After the PhD, in 2015 he secured a grant for a project on "Modeling of the mechanics of complex materials". In 2015 he joined the Solid and Structural Mechanics Group of the University of Trento working in the projects "Mechanical modelling of cellular materials obtained via 3D printing" as well as "Homogenization and propagation of waves in elastic composite materials". In 2019 I have joined the Multiscale Mechanics and Multiphysics of Materials Group of the University of Brescia. I am currently working in the project “Computational homogenization and microstructural modeling of medium-high carbon steel”.

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    Mattia Serpelloni

    Mattia obtained his bachelor's and Master's degree at the University of Brescia in Civil Engineering in 2013 and 2017, respectively. At the end of 2017, he started his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Brescia. During the doctorate, he focused on studying and modeling the angiogenic stimulus at the cellular level. Specifically, he examined how the mechanical behavior of the endothelial cells affects the dynamics of specific transmembrane proteins (VEGFR2 and integrin) on the cell membrane of these types of cells. Moreover, from January to March 2020 he was abroad at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Vikram Deshpande where he studied the competition between haptotaxis and durotaxis on further kinds of cells called a fibroblast. Such an experience, prematurely interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been financed by means of a scholarship provided by the Guido Berlucchi Foundation (Young Researchers Mobility Programme) wons in June of 2019. At the beginning of 2021, he achieved a fellowship on the project "Mechano-biology of cell motility during tumor metastasis". He is currently a postdoctoral researcher of the University of Brescia, on the project "Effect of R1032Q substitution on biological activity and membrane dynamics of VEGFR2".