Born in Naples, where he studied until 1987, obtaining a Laurea in Civil Engineering at Università di Napoli Federico II PhD in Mechanics, University of Minnesota, 1992 Assistant Professor at Università di Roma Tor Vergata (1992-1998). Leader of an independent junior research group on Multiscale Phenomena in Mechanics, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig (1998-2002). Full professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures (Scienza delle Costruzioni) at SISSA (Trieste) since 2002.
His research interests concern biological and bio-inspired motility, the mechanical properties of new materials and of soft matter, pattern formation driven by rough energy landscapes and phase transformations, and the interaction between mechanics and electro-magnetism. He is author of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers on these subjects.
Awards and Honors:
Keith Medal 2007 of the Royal Society of Edinburgh;
`Prix La Recherche’ 2010;
Outstanding Paper Award from the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society 2011;
Socio corrispondente della Accademia Pontaniana di Napoli;
Visiting Fellow in 2013 at the Newton Institute, University of Cambridge;
Life member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge;
Euromech Fellow (Solid Mechanics) since 2015;
Visiting Fellow 2017-18 at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge;
ERC Advanced Grant MicroMotility (2014-2019)
Founder and Director of the applied mathematics lab "SISSA MathLab" (since 2010)
Founder and co-Director of the Sissa laboratory SAMBA (Sensing and Moving Bio-inspired Artifacts) (since 2013)