Stéphane Avril, France

Stéphane Avril is Full Professor at Institut Mines Telecom with affiliations at Mines Saint-Etienne and University of Lyon in France. He runs a group of 20+ in soft tissue biomechanics, with a special focus on constitutive modeling and identification using imaging techniques. He is also director of the CIS center for biomedical and healthcare engineering (65+ people) and deputy director of SAINBIOSE (INSERM endorsed laboratory with 100+ researchers). Stéphane received his PhD in mechanical and civil engineering in 2002 at Mines Saint-Etienne (France).

After positions at Arts et Métiers ParisTech (France) and Loughborough University (UK) where he developed novel approaches to test the strength of materials using full-field optical techniques. Stéphane returned to his alma mater in 2008 and extended his broad experience of inverse problems to soft tissue biomechanics, especially regarding aortic aneurisms in close collaboration with vascular surgeons. Stéphane was a visiting Professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (USA) in 2008 and has been a visiting professor at Yale University since 2014.

In 2015, Stéphane was awarded an ERC (European Research Council) consolidator grant of 2m€ for the Biolochanics project on: Localization in biomechanics and mechanobiology of aneurysms: Towards personalized medicine.