Vito Conte is a scientist in the engineering and physics of biological systems. He is a tenure-track assistant professor in Synthetic Morphogenesis at the TU/e Department of Biomedical Engineering and a junior group leader of the Mechanics of Development and Disease group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona. Vito Conte advances cross-disciplinary research at the interface between biology, physics and engineering by investigating the mechanical biology and the biological mechanics of development and disease in living tissues and organisms through multidisciplinary approaches combining in vivo, in vitro and in silico techniques.
Vito Conte received his MPhys in theoretical physics from the University of Naples Federico II (2005) and his PhD in biomechanical engineering (2009) from the King's College London under the supervision of Mark Miodownik MBE. Vito continued investigating as a postdoctoral researcher in the Miodownik group before joining the Integrative Cell and Tissue Dynamics Group led by Xavier Trepat at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in Barcelona, first as a postdoctoral researcher (2011) and later as a Juan-de-la-Cierva fellow (2013). He went on to became a Ramon-y-Cajal fellow at the same institute (2016), where he now leads the Mechanics of Development and Disease group. In May 2018 Vito also joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Cell-Matrix Interaction for Cardiovascular Tissue Regeneration unit led by Carlijn Bouten.
Traction forces at the cytokinetic ring regulate cell division and polyploidy in the migrating zebrafish epicardiumNature Materials (2019)
Regulation of cell cycle progression by cell-cell and cell-matrix forcesNature Cell Biology (2018)
Computation of forces from deformed visco-elastic biological tissuesInverse Problems (2018)
Spatial regulation of contractility by Neuralized and Bearded during furrow invagination in DrosophilaNature Communications (2017)
Long-lived force patterns and deformation waves at repulsive epithelial boundariesNature Materials (2017)
Current Educational Activities
- Ramon-y-Cajal Junior Group Leader, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia