University of Coimbra, PT
In 1999 Rui Travasso finished his degree in Physics at the University of Porto, and moved to Manchester, UK, to work on his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Alan J. Bray. There, he studied coarsening dynamics in systems under shear stress and also phase transitions in Ising-like systems with 4-spin interactions. After the PhD, he moved to the University of Pittsburgh where he worked at the Physics Department and at the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department and studied how phase separation leads to hierarchical structures in photo-reactive polymer blends. Afterwards, during his postdoctoral work at the University of Lisbon, he started to work on biological related themes and, together with Patricia Faísca, he researched how the topology of the native state of simple proteins influence their folding dynamics. In 2007 he was awarded the “Gulbenkian Estímulo à Investigação” Prize, which enabled the development of a research line on the mathematical modelling of tumor and vessel growth. Since 2008 Rui Travasso works at the University of Coimbra studying cell movement, tumor growth, blood vessel growth, and tissue irrigation. Rui Travasso is also motivated by promoting Physics in high schools, having co-written 3 Physics and Chemistry exercise-solving books and being the leader of the Portuguese team in international Physics competitions since 2011. He is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Coimbra.
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