Phys2BioMed - Biomechanics in health and disease: advanced physical tools for innovative early diagnosis

EU - European Union (EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 - ETN) (from 2019-01-01 to 2022-12-31)

Phys2BioMed will offer excellent interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral training to a team of motivated early stage researchers (ESRs) on the application of cutting-edge physical tools for the mechanical phenotyping of cells and tissues of clinical relevance, aiming at developing novel early-diagnostic tools. The Phys2BioMed network will merge diverse competences at European level, from different fields like nanoscience and nanotechnology, physics, biology, and medicine, and will expose ESRs to the non academic and private sector. A key element of the project is the peer-to-peer collaboration of research academic institutions with industries and world-leading medical and clinical centers; they will highlight unmet clinical needs, and actively cooperate with academic colleagues for developing novel diagnostic strategies. ESRs will be trained-through-research by world-leading junior and senior PIs, and will benefit of lecture courses, dedicated international schools and workshops, and topical conferences. Secondments to other nodes of the network will represent the main and more effective channel of dissemination and cross-fertilization of competences, ideas, and knowledge within the network. Phys2BioMed will provide scientific and technological outcomes on biomechanics, and the mechanical determinants of diseases. Technology-wise, it will define standardized procedures for nanomechanical measurements, and the definition of the main features of new-generation instrumentation optimized for the mechanical phenotyping of clinical specimens. In the longer-term, Phys2BioMed will provide the platform and know-how to build a data bank of mechanical fingerprints of diseases, for the development of effective early-diagnostic tools.

15 positions of Early Stage Researchers/PhD students are open (information here).

Coordinator: Prof. A. Podestà, CIMaINa, Università degli Studi di Milano


1) Università degli Studi di Milano
2) Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), Grenoble
3) Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble
4) CNRS Lille
5) Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM), Marseille
6) Fundacio Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC), Barcelona
7) Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster
8) Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics, Krakow
9) Ospedale San Raffaele, Milano
10) Universitaet Bremen
11) OPTICS11, Amsterdam

Partner Organisations
1) Jagiellonian University, Krakow
2) Tumorothèque du C2RC de Lille
3) Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
4) VMICRO sas, Lille
5) BIOMECA sas, Lyon

Referent: Alessandro Podestà