Alfio Grillo

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematical Sciences (DISMA)

Profile

Research interests

biomechanics
classical mechanics
continuum mechanics
MECHANICS OF GROWTH AND REMODELLING OF BIOLOGICAL TISSUES

Biography

Born in Catania (Italy) on September 13, 1977, since December 2011 I have been conducting didactic and research activity, first as Assistant Professor and then as Associate Professor (L.24/2010), at the Department of Mathematical Sciences (DISMA) "G. L. Lagrange" of the Politecnico di Torino in the group of Mathematical Physics.

My principal research interests are theoretical and computational mechanics, with particular attention for the mechanics of continua and of porous and multiphasic materials, which I approach within a differential geometric framework. Within this context, I mainly dedicate my research to the biomechanics of growth and remodeling of biological tissues, by elaborating models originally conceived in Elastoplasticity, of both "classical" and "strain-gradient" type. Recently, my interests have included also the Theory of Asymptotic Homogenization for the constitutive characterization of materials, among which the electroactive ones, and Fractional Calculus for the study of the constitutive response of highly heterogeneous materials.

In the following, I report the most relevant steps of my educational and professional career:

Laurea (equivalent to MSc+BSc) in “Mechanical Engineering” (five-year study plan) received from the University of Catania, Italy, on October 21, 2002.

PhD in Physical Engineering (three-year study program) received from the University of Catania, Italy on February 21, 2006. Supervisor: Prof. Gaetano Giaquinta.

From September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2007: Scholarship awarded by the Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario di Scienze Fisiche della Materia (CNISM) [National Inter-University Consortium for the Physical Sciences of the Matter].

From September 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008: Post-doctoral fellow at the “Ruprecht-Karls” University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Gabriel Wittum.

From October 1, 2008 to December 15, 2011: Post-doctoral fellow at the “Goethe” University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Supervisor: Prof. Gabriel Wittum.

From December 16, 2011 to September 30, 2014: Assistant Professor of Mathematical Physics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences (DISMA) “G. L. Lagrange” of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

From October 1, 2014 to date: Associate Professor (L.240/2010) of Mathematical Physics at the Department of Mathematical Sciences (DISMA) “G. L. Lagrange” of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Curriculum

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Skills

ERC sectors

PE1_20 - Application of mathematics in sciences
PE1_12 - Mathematical physics

SDG

Goal 4: Quality education

Fellowships

Editorial boards

  • INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND VISUALIZATION IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (2021-), Editorial board member
  • INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NON-LINEAR MECHANICS (2021-2022), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • ATTI DELLA ACCADEMIA PELORITANA DEI PERICOLANTI, CLASSE DI SCIENZE FISICHE MATEMATICHE E NATURALI (2017-2018), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • MATHEMATICS AND MECHANICS OF SOLIDS (2017-2018), Guest Editor of magazine or editorial series
  • THEORETICAL AND APPLIED MECHANICS (2016-), Editorial board member
  • COMPUTING AND VISUALIZATION IN SCIENCE (2014-2020), Editorial board member
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Conferences

  • International Multigrid Conference 2022 (IMG2022) (22/8/2022-27/8/2022), Program committee
  • International Multigrid Conference 2019 (IMG2019) (11/8/2019-16/8/2019), Program committee
  • International Multigrid Conference 2016 (IMG2016) (6/12/2016-9/12/2016), Participation to the organizing committee

Other titles

  • Finanziamento per visita in Italia di un Professore in visita dall'Estero. Ente finanziatore: Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica Francesco Severi – Gruppo Nazionale di Fisica Matematica. Importo finanziato: 2000,00 Euro (2015-2015)
  • Responsabile del progetto di ricerca dipartimentale "Proprietà strutturali dei tessuti biologici fibro-rinforzati: una descrizione fisico-matematica basata sull'accoppiamento di teorie cinetiche e teorie continue" (15000,00 Euro). (2019-2020)
  • Responsabile scientifico del progetto di ricerca dipartimentale "Il ruolo delle interazioni chemo-elettro-meccaniche nell'evoluzione strutturale dei tessuti biologici: uno studio dei fenomeni alla base di alcune patologie degenerative" (15000,00 Euro). (2018-2018)
  • Responsabile scientifico del progetto di ricerca “Mathematical multi-scale modeling of biological tissues” per una borsa di ricerca pre-dottorale della durata di 8 mesi per studenti internazionali. (2018-2018)
  • Responsabile del progetto di ricerca “Progetto Giovani GNFM 2013” dal titolo “Modelli matematici multi-scala per il trasporto di massa nei sistemi biologici.” Ente finanziatore: GNFM. Finanziamento: 2000,00 Euro. (2013-2014)
  • Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale di I Fascia conseguita il 28 marzo 2017 per il Settore Concorsuale 01/A4 – Fisica Matematica MAT/07 (Bando D.D. 1532/2016) (2017-)
  • Responsabile del progetto di ricerca “Multiscale Mathematical Modelling and Numerics of Growth and Structural Adaptation of Soft Biological Tissues and Tumour Masses-A Synergetic Approach Encompassing Electro-Chemo-Mechanical Phenomena." (128609,00 Euro). (2015-2017)
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Research networks

  • "Mathematics of active materials: From mechanobiology to smart devices" (2019-2022). Partecipazione
  • "Mathematics for industry 4.0 (Math4I4)" (2022-). Partecipazione

Teaching

Courses of Study Boards

Teachings

PhD

MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Master of Science

MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Bachelor of Science

MostraNascondi A.A. passati

Research

Research fields

Research groups

Research projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

  • Multiscale Mathematical Modelling and Numerics of Growth and Structural Adaptation of Soft Biological Tissues and Tumour Masses - ASynergetic Approach Encompassing Electro-Chemo-Mechanical Phenomena, (2015-2017) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Corporate-funded and donor-funded research

Supervised PhD students

  • Andrea Pastore. Programme in Matematica Pura E Applicata (cycle 38, 2022-in progress)
  • Alessandro Giammarini. Programme in Matematica Pura E Applicata (cycle 37, 2021-in progress)