I lead the Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Bioinspiration, which focuses on 1) the study of the structure and mechanics of natural materials, and 2) the design, fabrication and testing of bio-inspired structural and multifunctional materials. Representative projects: • Mechanics of deformation and fracture in biological materials: Structure-mechanics-performance-function relationships in high-performance natural materials such as bone, teeth, structural proteins, seashells and fish scales. • Design, fabrication and testing of novel bioinspired materials: New bio-inspired microstructures and innovative fabrication methods including three-dimensional laser engraving, 3D printing. Applications in bioengineering, aerospace, construction, electronics. • Mechanics of biological and bio-inspired interfaces: Cohesive behavior of proteins involved in blot clotting and in bone toughness. Bioinspired interfaces: polyelectrolytes, chitosan, architectured interfaces.