Andrea Ravasio

Andrea Ravasio

Professor Ravasio received his master in Biology at the University of Milan (Italy) in 2004 with an experimental study on cell volume regulation by investigating in-vivo nanoscale interactions of proteins and of protein with the plasma membrane. He has obtained a PhD in Physiology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 2009. Findings of his PhD revealed the role played by mechanical forces in regulating the physiology of the pulmonary alveoli.

Dr. Ravasio then moved to Singapore where he investigated the biomechanics of collectively migrating cells, the molecular and tissue-scale dynamics regulating the organization of epithelial tissues and the establishment of population heterogeneity in stem and cancer cells (Mechanobiology Institute and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, Singapore).

In the laboratory for Cell Mechanics and Biosystems, professor Ravasio together with the research group seek to understand the biomechanics of biological systems and their contribution to disease states. To this end, they develop highly interdisciplinary approaches to probe the interplay between forces and the living matter from the molecular to the tissue level. To learn more about professor Ravasio’s research visit his website here.


Biologist with major in Physiology, University of Milan, Italy, 2004 -PhD, Department of Physiology and Biomedical Physics, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, 2009.

Research Lines

  • Cell and tissue mechanobiology
  • Cancer research
  • Cell therapies
  • Microfabrication and enabling technologies for biotech
  • Microscopy and image analysis