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Research interests

I am interested in the modelling and simulation of human movement to investigate injury mechanisms and understand human function. I truly believe in the use of predictive models and in silico simulations and their application in clinical settings for improving the monitoring and assessment of musculoskeletal diseases.

My research is focused on the use of an integrated approach that includes in vivo and in vitro experimental methodologies with in silico methods such as musculoskeeltal modelling and finite element analysis.

My current research line includes:

  • Injury Biomechanics:
  • The analysis of cervical spine injury mechanisms in rugby and horse racing;
  • Analsis of hamstring injury in sprint running;
  • Clinical Biomechanics:
  • Biomechanical assessment and optimised treatment identification in axial Spondyloarthritis;
  • Estimation of joint loading in partial gravity situations;
  • Sport Biomechanics:
  • Biomechanical analysis of rugby and horse racing activities;
  • Computer simulation of sprint running;

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Computer simulation and musculoskeletal modelling in injury/sport/clinical biomechanics, ergonomics, and computer simulations.

Other responsibilities

Postgraduate (PhD and MD) Director of Studies for the Department for Health.

Research Theme Convenor for the Improving Human Function Department for Health research theme.

Teaching interests

  • Biomechanics of human movement
  • Musculoskeletal modelling and computer simulation of human movement
  • Spinal biomechanics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Human Physiology, Doctor of Philosophy, Investigating the metabolic profile of run-up races and the mechanics of the wobbling visceral mass in vertical jumps, University of Milan

Award Date: 20 Dec 2010

Biomedical Engineering, Master of Engineering, Planar and Spatial reaching movement: a simulation algorithm funded on a kinematic analysis, Politecnico di Milano

Award Date: 19 Oct 2007


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