About Us

Dr Vasileios Vavourakis is an Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus (UCY) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University College London (UCL), while he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Champalimaud Foundation (Jan.2023-Aug.2023). Before, he was a Senior Research Associate at UCL’s Centre for Medical Image Computing (2013-2017), a Visiting Lecturer and a Research fellow at UCY (2010-2013), and a Research Associate at FORTH, Greece (2008-2010).

Vasileios holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Diploma in Aeronautics, both awarded by the University of Patras in Greece. His research interests extend across theoretical and applied science; more specifically in non-linear mechanics of biological tissues and biofluids, multiscale and multiphysics modelling, mathematical biology, and high-performance computing. He has >40 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact factor journals and book chapters, numerous conference proceedings and talks in prominent forums in computational mechanics, modelling and biomechanics. In parallel to his research work, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at in mechanics, finite elements and programming.

Vasileios has been a Marie-Curie fellow (2014-2017), while nowadays he serves as a co-investigator in a H2020 project and participates in two COST Action projects. Very recently he received a Pathfinder Open grant from the European Innovation Council, while he also coordinates a multidisciplinary project funded by the Cyprus Cancer Research Institute.

He is member of the European Society of Biomechanics, IACM and the VPH Institute, while he has been a member of UK-ACM, and the Technical Chamber of Engineers in Greece. Finally, he has been a reviewer in several high-profile journals (CMAME, Royal Soc, PLOS, Sci Rep, IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, etc.) and research councils (EPSRC, Irish Res. Council, NC3Rs, Res Foundation Flanders, Technology Foundation STW, Slovak Res. & Dev. Agency).

In 2019, Vasileios established at UCY the In Silico Modelling Group (ISMG) that consists of post-doctoral fellows, PhD and MSc students while it hosts several undergraduate students every year. You can read updates about ISMG’s research work and news through this web-site, by following him on ResearchGate, by joining his LinkedIn network, or checking ORCID.

The Group

The In silico Modelling Group (ISMG) endeavours to explore niche areas in applied mechanics, biomechanics, biology and medicine using innovative, cutting-edge in silico models. The research interests of ISMG extend across several disciplines in theoretical and applied science, more specifically in: non-linear mechanics analysis of solids and biological tissues, in numerical methods in multiphysics / multiscale problems, mathematical modelling and mathematical biology, and in high-performance computing. ​

ISMG is a member of UCY’s Computational Sciences Laboratory and the UCY-RespiHub.​

Our research vision is to amalgamate models with imaging technologies to developing novel in silico tools for personalized preoperative planning and intraoperative decision making. Our long term aim of research is to investigate the pathophysiology of chronic diseases by combining in silico technologies with in vitro or / and in vivo approaches.

Who We Are


The ISMG gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Union (through the Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, European Innovation Council, Marie Curie Actions, COST Actions), the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Cyprus Research and Innovation Council, and the Cyprus Cancer Research Institute.