Dr. VALENTINA BALBI

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Contact Details

Marie Curie Research Fellow
Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics
2002
Aras de Brun, Block C

T: +353 (0)91 492 740
E: vbalbi@nuigalway.ie
W: http://valentinabalbi.weebly.com
 
researcher

Biography

I scientifically grew up in Italy, France and the UK. Now I am an applied mathematician based in NUI Galway where I investigate the mechanical properties of living soft tissues.

Research Interests

My current Marie Curie project aims at improving our understanding of the mathematics and the mechanics of living soft tissues (e.g. the skin, the brain, internal organs etc.) by combining theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches. In particular, I am conducting a series of mechanical tests on brains in order to determine the properties of the tissue under large deformations. Other research topics I am interested in are the mechanics of growth and morphogenesis and viscoelasticity.
 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Mathematical modelling of soft tissues 01-MAR-17 28-FEB-19

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Morphoelastic control of gastro-intestinal organogenesis: Theoretical predictions and numerical insights'
Balbi, V;Kuhl, E;Ciarletta, P (2015) 'Morphoelastic control of gastro-intestinal organogenesis: Theoretical predictions and numerical insights'. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 78 :493-510 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Helical buckling of thick-walled, pre-stressed, cylindrical tubes under a finite torsion'
Balbi, V;Ciarletta, P (2015) 'Helical buckling of thick-walled, pre-stressed, cylindrical tubes under a finite torsion'. Mathematics And Mechanics Of Solids, 20 :625-642 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Pattern Selection in Growing Tubular Tissues'
Ciarletta, P;Balbi, V;Kuhl, E (2014) 'Pattern Selection in Growing Tubular Tissues'. Physical Review Letters, 113 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Morpho-elasticity of intestinal villi'
Balbi, V;Ciarletta, P (2013) 'Morpho-elasticity of intestinal villi'. Journal Of The Royal Society Interface, 10 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Mathematical Modeling of Morphogenesis in Living Materials'
Valentina Balbi, Pasquale Ciarletta (2016) 'Mathematical Modeling of Morphogenesis in Living Materials' In: Mathematical Models and Methods for Living Systems. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2013) 21ème Congrès Français de Mécanique
Valentina Balbi, Pasquale Ciarletta (2013) Morpho-elasticity of intestinal villi 21ème Congrès Français de Mécanique [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
(2015) Modeling morphogenesis in living matter.
Valentina Balbi (2015) Modeling morphogenesis in living matter. Thesis [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Marie Curie Individual Fellowship European Commission
2016 IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
2012 PhD grant Ministère de l'éducation et de la recherche française

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Marie Curie research fellow 01-MAR-17 /
The University of Manchester Research associate 08-FEB-17 / 15-FEB-17
NUI Galway Research Assistant 12-NOV-15 / 12-JAN-16

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2015 Université Pierre et Marie Curie DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Modeling morphogenesis in living matter
2012 Politecnico di Torino MASTERS OF SCIENCE Applied Mathematics
2010 Politecnico di Torino BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Applied Mathematics

Languages

  Language
Italian
French
English
German

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Outreach Big Bang Fair 2016 16-MAR-16 / 19-MAR-16

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Fall 2016, University of Manchester Calculus and Vectors B MATH10131

Internal Collaborators

  Name Description of Collaboration
Michel Destrade
Investigating the mechanical properties of soft tissues

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country Description of Collaboration
Aisling Ní Annaidh University College Dublin IRELAND
Mechanical testing of brain
William Parnell University of Manchester UNITED KINGDOM
Developing viscoelastic constitutive models for soft tissues
Tom Shearer University of Manchester UNITED KINGDOM
Developing viscoelastic constitutive models for soft tissues
Ellen Kuhl Stanford University U.S.A.
Improving stiffness mapping of the brain through numerical simulations
Giuseppe Saccomandi Università di Perugia ITALY
Wave propagation in viscoelastic materials
Pasquale Ciarletta MOX, Politecnico di Milano ITALY
Modelling of growth and morphogenetic processes