Soft and biological matter exhibits a variety of collective and cooperative phenomena, as a result of the dynamical interplay between many-body correlations, long-range interactions, and thermal or quantum fluctuations. The ultimate goal of our research is to understand how the complex dynamics of these systems emerges from relatively simple physical laws.
The internal interactions of (bio)molecules couple a huge number of degrees of freedom and generate a dynamics characterised by a wide range of length- and time- scales. As a consequence, progressing the understanding of complex and living matter necessarily involves applying and integrating theoretical methods with advanced high-performance computing algorithms, combining elements of statistical mechanics, mathematics of stochastic processes and quantum mechanics.
Our research lines involve developing original methods and models and then applying them in order to investigate specific soft/condensed matter systems of biological, medical and/or technological interest.