Claudio Lucas Nunes de Oliveira

Life Sciences, Physics

The intersection of physics and biology is a burgeoning interdisciplinary field with significant potential for medical applications. Physical models play a crucial role in addressing questions such as: why does a tumor cell lose its elasticity?

Cláudio Lucas Nunes Oliveira received a traditional physics education up to his doctoral studies at the Federal University of Ceará. But, according to him, he has been interested in interdisciplinary studies since his undergraduate years. His postdoc at Boston University allowed him to integrate biology into his work. His laboratory is a blend of theoretical and experimental approaches. Oliveira investigates cell elasticity and incorporates his findings into numerical models, such as Computational Fluid Dynamics. This approach gives him insight into how physical forces influence cell development.


Uncovering Cellular Physics
Science / Physics

Our research will delve into what we call “cellular physics,” which involves using physical models to describe the cell’s biochemical processes. We’ll employ microscopy and spectroscopy to measure the mechanical and optical properties of cells, thereby gaining insights into their elasticity and chemical composition. This experimental data will then inform computational models designed to propose and test new hypotheses about cell function. By combining numerical and experimental methods, we can gather comprehensive information about global and local cell properties, enabling us to understand the physical mechanisms associated with various biological functions within the cell. While our primary goal is to advance basic science, our findings could potentially lay the groundwork for future technological innovations to treat diseases linked to cellular disorders, such as cancer and infections.

Amount invested

R$ 100,000.00

Open Calls

Science Call 1
  • Topics
  • câncer
  • Cellular physics
  • Infections