Mechanobiology group

Mechanobiology studies the response of cells and tissues to their mechanical environment during different biological processes such as carcinogenesis or embryogenesis. Over the last 30 years, major advances have made it possible to observe in vitro the behaviour of cells, in particular how they deform under a specific stress (i.e. traction or pressure), how they reorganise their cytoskeleton or trigger molecular and/or chemical responses. On the one hand, these new experimental and imaging techniques have enabled progress to be made, but on the other hand, observations are still often qualitative because it is very difficult to quantify the stresses, strains and mechanical parameters associated with a specific cellular behaviour. Mechanical and mathematical modelling therefore plays a fundamental role as it allows a large number of scenarios to be explored with less time and cost compared to laboratory tests.

The objective of this group is to bring together researchers of Université Côte d’Azur interested in mechanobiology for different biological applications in order to exchange on topics of common interest and thus establish new collaborations by sharing complementary skills.


We meet once a month remotely or face-to-face and we organise events over the year.

Our next event will be the Mechanobiology day which will take place on February 2nd, 2023 at the Salle de Conférences at the Laboratoire Jean Alexandre Dieudonné. You can find all the information here.


For info or to subscribe to our mailing list do not hesitate to contact us: Rachele Allena