Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering. BSc & MSc Degree in Computer Engineering.

Francisco Merino-Casallo.

Position: Early Stage Researcher – IT Specialist – System Administrator.

My research focuses on how chemical and mechanical stimuli influence 3D cell migration. I develop stochastic methods that replicate different aspects of this complex process, such as intracellular signaling networks, cell-ECM interactions, and cell mechanics. I’m also interested in automating some processes involved in this process, such as model calibration and image analysis. The former using Bayesian optimization techniques. The latter using Deep learning. Both of them allow us to avoid the usually manual, tedious, and error-prone approach. Last, I’m the IT Specialist of my research group and the System Administrator of our HPC cluster.


Influence of chemical and mechanical stimuli on 3D cell migration. Model calibration using Bayesian optimization techniques. Image analysis using Deep Learning.

Signaling networks, cell mechanics, cell-ECM interactions, cell migration, stochastic modeling.

Plou J, Juste-Lanas Y, Olivares V, Del Amo C, Borau C, García-Aznar JM

Front Physiol.9: 1246.


Conservation in mitochondrial DNA: parallelized estimation and alignment influence.

Merino-Casallo, F., Alvarez-Jarreta, J., & Mayordomo, E.

In 2015 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM) (pp. 1434-1440). IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/BIBM.2015.7359887. 


Short story: After I realized that it was rather unlikely to make a living as a professional LEGO builder, I started learning about computers. I ended up pursuing a BSc & MSc degree in Computer Engineering. I was interested in biology during high school. Thus, I chose to start my professional career in Bioinformatics. I’m currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza.