Alfonso Gautieri

Graduate Student


Research Focus

My research interests focus on the molecular modeling of biological structures, in particular collagenous tissues. The long-term goal is to further develop the comprehension of the structure-properties relationship in biologic tissues. This detailed knowledge, based on atomistic information, would help the understanding of the mechanisms underlying pathologic conditions as well as the development of new bio-inspired materials.


2006 - Present: Ph.D. student at Politecnico di Milano, Bioengineering Dept.
2006 - Present: Visiting Ph.D. student at MIT's Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics
2004 - 2005: Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
2001 - 2003: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering


  • Award from the Bioengineering National Group (GNB) for the original and innovative Master Thesis in the field of Bioengineering (2006).


  • A. Gautieri, M.J. Buehler, A. Redaelli, "Deformation rate controls elasticity and unfolding pathway of single tropocollagen molecules", Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Accepted for Publication, 2008.
  • A. Gautieri, S. Vesentini, F. M. Montevecchi, A. Redaelli, "Mechanical Properties of Physiological and Pathological Models of Collagen Peptides Investigated via Steered Molecular Dynamics Simulations", Journal of Biomechanics, Accepted for Publication, 2008.
  • M. Ionita, D. Silvestri, A. Gautieri, E. Votta, G. Ciardelli and A. Redaelli: "Diffusion of small molecules in bioartificial membranes for clinical use: molecular modelling and laboratory investigation", Desalination, Vol. 200, Issues 1-3, pages 157-159, 2006.


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