Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG)
Phone: +49 351 210-2940
Alejandra Foggia joined the MOSAIC group as a PhD student in April 2020.
She studied Physics in Argentina and got her Licenciatura degree in 2017 at the Faculty of Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics and Computer Science (FaMAF), at the National University of Córdoba. She carried out her thesis in a nuclear magnetic resonance group, under the supervision of Ricardo C. Zamar, numerically studying the dynamics of quantum coherences of nuclear spin systems with dipolar coupling.
In 2017, she was awarded a scholarship by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and moved to Trieste, Italy, to pursue her Master's Degree in High-Performance Computing (MHPC)in a joint competitive program between ICTP and Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA).
For her thesis, she worked with Ivan Girotto and Marcello Dalmonte, developing a software to simulate large quantum spin systems. In particular, the open source software is focused on 1/2-spin systems, with conserved magnetization, interacting with a Heisenberg Hamiltonian. After defending her thesis, for which she received the "Best Thesis Award 2018", she stayed at ICTP, further developed her software and applied it to the study of the dynamical structure factor of quantum spin systems to analyze the possible presence of a quantum spin liquid phase in such systems.
In the MOSAIC group, Alejandra combines her physics background with her high-performance computing experience to develop novel methods for numerically solving PDEs, particularly equations for active polar gels, on deformable surfaces, working towards a physical model of tissue morphogenesis.