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MNat unit emerges to make progress and educate the next generation of scientists in challenging topics at the interfaces of biology, physics, biomedicine, engineering and mathematics. Only integrative approaches will allow improving our understanding on cell communication from microbial world to cancer cells, the exploration of new and intelligent materials in nanotechnology and biomechanics for medical applications, and biopolymer and network dynamics at different scales.

 

Our strategic research plan arises from synergies and collaborations among different scientific groups mostly established at the University of Granada. These multidisciplinary collaborations are based on the combination of mathematical models, simulations, and big data analysis to address fundamental and applied problems in the context of tumour dynamics, ecology, developmental biology, biomechanics, and physics of new materials.

 

Photos by A. Delgado, M. López-Viota and J. de Vicente

 

The strategic research plan is organized in four interdisciplinary areas:

 

1) Complex adaptive systems at multiple scales in evolutionary and global ecology

 

2) Modeling Bio-Nanotechnology. New materials and Bio-Engineering

 

3) Cell Communication and Targeted Therapies

 

4) Mathematical Models and Methods in Life Sciences

Photo by Francisco Perfectti

 

The knowledge generated on mathematical modeling, complexity, ecological networks, physics of new materials or tumor dynamics will also contribute to social aspects of the interactions of individuals, clustering, general architectural patterns, collective dynamics of species, properties of spatial and temporal heterogeneity, and learning or adaptive phenomena. This knowledge will be delivered to the society as scientific publications, trained professionals in multidisciplinary fields, patents and new technologies to face environmental and medical problems.

 

The ultimate objective of this unit is to achieve an internationally competitive interdisciplinary training that allows doctoral and postdoctoral researchers excellent and versatile skills required in the current society, both inside and outside the Academia.

 

 

Photo by Javier Valverde