I am physicist, I got a Master from the University of Florence (Italy) in Statistical Mechanics and a PhD in Geosciences from the University of Rennes 1 (Brittany, France), where I studied mixing and reactions in porous media flows. I was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT (Boston, U.S.), where I learned and developed microfluidics and microscopy techniques for porous media flows investigation.

Since 2015 I am an assistant professor (tenure track) at the Institute of Earth Sciences (ISTE) of the University of Lausanne (UNIL).

I am interested in the physics of flow and mixing-driven processes in confined micro-structures, like filters or soil, with particular attention to their coupling with biological activities. In my group we combine theoretical/numerical approaches to microfluidics experiments to visualize and quantify small scale processes in confined flows in the spirit of modeling their larger scale consequences (upscaling).


I teach classes in the Bachelor (undergraduate level, in French) and Master (graduate level, in English) programs of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment.

Bachelor en géosciences et environnement:

  • Sciences de l’environnement : état des lieux, processus et scénarios (fall semester)
  • Hydrologie et cycle de l’eau (spring semester)

Master of Science in Environmental Geosciences:

  • Flow and transport in the subsurface (fall semester)


About me
Pietro de Anna’s curriculum vitae

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