Dr. Pietro Mascheroni


I studied Engineering Physics at Politecnico di Milano, in Italy. After the BSc, I graduated in Physics at the Università degli Studi di Milano in April 2013. My core courses were solid state physics and biophysics. I did my MSc thesis at MOX, in the Politecnico di Milano, under the supervision of Prof. Davide Ambrosi and Dr. Raimondo Penta. My work consisted in the numerical integration of a multiscale model for fluid and drug transport in the tumor tissue. After the MSc, I moved to Germany as a visiting student in the group of Prof. Karsten Kruse, at Saarland University. There I worked on a mathematical model for cell locomotion and cytoskeletal waves. I moved back to Italy to start a PhD in Civil Engineering, at the Università di Padova, where I worked under the supervision of Prof. Bernhard Schrefler and Prof. Daniela Boso. I obtained my PhD in April 2017 with a thesis on mathematical models for tumor growth based on porous media mechanics. During the PhD I had the opportunity to collaborate with Prof. Paolo Decuzzi and Prof. Mauro Ferrari, at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. I was hosted in their lab as a visiting research fellow and I worked on the experimental validation of mathematical models for avascular tumors. I also collaborated with Prof. Luigi Preziosi and Prof. Alfio Grillo at the Politecnico di Torino, where I developed mathematical models for tumor growth and tissue biomechanics. After the PhD, I worked for a year as a researcher in Stevanato Group, a company that produces glass containers and medical devices for the pharmaceutical industry. There, I developed computational models for product and process optimization. Since March 2018, I am a postdoc in the group of Dr. Hatzikirou at the Braunschweig Integrated Centre of Systems Biology (BRICS). My research is focused on the analysis of data from biomedical images and the development of mathematical models for tumor growth including interactions with the immune system.  


Peer-Reviewed Journals

6. MP, Santagiuliana R, Schrefler B A (2017) "Multiphase Porous Media Models for Mechanics in Medicine: Applications to Transport Oncophysics and Diabetic Foot." Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801238-3.99925-2  

5. MP, Carfagna M, Grillo A, Boso D P, Preziosi L, Schrefler B A (2017) “An avascular tumor growth model based on porous media mechanics and evolving natural configurations.” Math Mech Solids. doi: 10.1177/1081286517711217  

4. MP, Schrefler B A (2017) “In-silico models for Nanomedicine: A review.” Curr Med Chem. doi: 10.2174/0929867324666170417120725  MP, Boso D P, Preziosi L, Schrefler B A (2017) “Evaluating the influence of mechanical stress on anticancer treatments through a multiphase porous media model.” ‎J Theor Biol 421:179-188. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.03.027  

3. MP and Penta R (2017) “The role of the microvascular network structure on diffusion and consumption of anti-cancer drugs.” Int J Numer Method Biomed Eng 33:10, e2857. doi: 10.1002/cnm.2857  

2. MP, Stigliano C, Carfagna M, Boso D P, Preziosi L, Decuzzi P, Schrefler B A (2016) “Predicting the growth of glioblastoma multiforme spheroids using a multiphase porous media model.” Biomech Model Mechanobiol 15(5), 1215-1228. doi: 10.1007/s10237-015-0755-0  

1. Santagiuliana R, Stigliano C, MP, Ferrari M, Decuzzi P, Schrefler B A (2015) “The role of cell lysis and matrix deposition in tumor growth modeling.” Adv Model Simul Eng Sci 2:19. doi: 10.1186/s40323-015-0040-x