A relatively factual description of me, which can also be found in a PDF/Latex format.


2017 - 2018
Post-doctorate Research Assistant at the Centre for Computational Science, Department of Chemistry, University College London (UK).

Multiscale modelling of polymer nanocomposites mechanical properties and fracture behaviour.

2015 - 2016
Post-doctorate Research Assistant at the Groupe Interdisciplinaire en Biomécanique Ostéoarticulaire et Cardiovasculaire, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement, Aix-Marseille Université (France).

Modelling single cell mechanics of mesenchymal stem cells during adhesion and migration.

Post-doctorate Research Assistant at the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie, Département de Génie Civil, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France).

Hierarchical multiscale modelling of masonry fracture and cyclic behaviour.

2012 - 2015
PhD student at the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie, Département de Génie Civil, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France).

Hierarchical multiscale modelling of quasi-brittle materials fracture and cyclic behaviour.


2017 - 2018
Post-graduate, University College London (UK).

Statistical Analysis of Data and Machine Learning with Big Data

2012 - 2015
Thèse, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France).

Génie Civil

2009 - 2011
Master, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France).

Matériaux et Structures

2006 - 2009
Licence, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France).

Mécanique et Technologie


M. Gnahan, Master student (2nd year), Aix-Marseille Université (France).

Simulation of stem cell adhesion on three-dimensional fibrous substrates using LMGC90.

F. Demeusy, Engineering student (2st year), École Centrale de Marseille (France).

Bead-spring modelling of three-dimensional elastic fibrous structures made of electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone).

T. Heitz, Master student (2st year), École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France).

Finite element continuum modelling of reinforced concrete structural elements up to failure with degradation of the steel-concrete interface.


Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University College London (UK).

Mathematics for natural sciences for first year bachelor students.

2013 - 2015
Teaching Assistant, École Polytechnique Féminine de Sceaux (France).

Solids mechanics, kinematics, continuum mechanics for first year engineer students.

2013 - 2014
Teaching Assistant at the Département de Génie Civil, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France).

Computational modelling methods for first year master students, and continuum mechanics for third year licence and first year master students.

Teaching Assistant, École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (France).

Continuum mechanics for first year apprenticeship engineer students.

Teaching Assistant at the Licence de Mécanique et Technologie, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI (France).

Solids mechanics for second year licence students.

Scientific publications

Curvotaxis directs cell migration through cell-scale curvature landscapes.
Pieuchot, L., Vassaux, M., Marteau, J., Cloatre, T., Petithory, T., Brigaud, I., Chauvy, P.F., Ponche, A., Milan, J.L., Rougerie, P., Bigerelle, M., Anselme, K.

Nature Materials, in review

Numerical modelling of adherent Mesenchymal Stem Cells mechanical behaviour and substrate’s curvature analysis.
Vassaux, M., Milan, J.-L.

Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 1295-1308, August 2017

Beam-Particle approach to model cracking and energy dissipation in concrete: Identification strategy and Validation.
Vassaux, M., Oliver-Leblond, C., Richard, B. and Ragueneau, F.

Cement and Concrete nanocomposites, Volume 70, pages 1-14, July 2016

Regularised crack behaviour effects on continuum modelling of quasi-brittle materials under cyclic loading.
Vassaux, M., Richard, B., Ragueneau, F. and Millard, A.

Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Volume 149, pages 18-36, Novembre 2015

Lattice models applied to cyclic behavior description of quasi-brittle materials: Advantages of implicit integration.
Vassaux, M., Richard, B., Ragueneau, F., Millard, A. and Delaplace, A.

International Journal in Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Volume 39, Issue 7, pages 775-798, May 2015

Invited conferences

Heterogeneous Multiscale Modelling for Polymer Nanocomposites. [Slides]
Vassaux, M., Richardson, R., Sinclair, R., Suter, J., and Coveney, P.V.

Multiscale Computing, from the Desktop to the Exascale, Leiden, April 2018

Cell biomechanics and multiscale modelling. [Slides]
Vassaux, M.

Institut de Génétique et Développement de Rennes, Rennes, May 2018

Computational skills

Scientific programming
C/C++, FORTRAN95, Python, MPI

I develop code for applications in Finite Element (Cast3M/F95, Deal.II/C++), Discrete Element simulations (LMGC90/F95, Python). I also implemented a software coupling library (DeaLAMMPS/C++, MPI) for highly parallel computations.

Latex, Markdown, Illustrator, Photoshop
Web development
HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Jekyll, Markdown
Software management
Git, CMake
Data analysis
Python (pandas, numpy, scipy, matplotlib, seaborn, scikit-learn, tensorflow)

I have a long experience in using the wide range of Python libraries to perform analysis (pandas, numpy, scipy) and visualisation (matplotlib, seaborn) of large amounts of simulation results. Also, switching from a physics-based to a data-based modelling approach, I have also an experience with Python statistical inference tools (scikit-learn), and more briefly with computational graphs (TensorFlow) to handle computations at larger scales.

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