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Sara Roccabianca

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Sara Roccabianca

428 S. Shaw Lane
Engineering Building, Room 2463
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Ph.D. in Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems

Sara was born and raised in Verona, Italy and received her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Trento, Italy. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Trento in 2011. Her dissertation centered on studying finite bending of multilayered rectangular plates and investigating the in-plane and out-of-plane bifurcation modes correlated with this highly non-linear stress state. Most recently, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, working on cardiovascular mechanics. Specifically, she investigated the contribution of proteoglycans/glycosaminglycans (PGs/GAGs) to the mechanical behavior of the aorta.

Sara’s research at MSU will be focusing on skin mechanics and melanoma growth and remodeling. Her goals are to (i) develop a micro-structurally motivated mechanical model to describe the non-linear elastic behavior of skin, (ii) develop a stress-mediated model of skin adaptive response, and (iii) understand the fundamental mechanisms that correlate the mechanical environment and the biological process of growth in melanoma early development.

Research interests:

  • Soft Tissue Mechanics
  • Growth & Remodeling
  • Nonlinear Solid Mechanics
  • Bifurcation Theory and Material Instability