Associate Professor Saulo Martelli

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Associate Professor, School of Mechanical, Medical & Process Engineering

My research focuses on musculoskeletal biomechanics. I aim at quantifying how shape, elasticity and physical activity determine musculoskeletal function in healthy and pathological adult people. I have pioneered computer methods for studying the neuro-muscle control system, quantifying the risk of bone fracture and informing exercise prescription in osteoporosis. I have advanced experimental techniques for studying the microstructural contribution to bone strength, real-time loading during normal physical activity and high-speed impact. In orthopaedics, my research supports the medical devices industry. I have optimized joint stability and strength in innovative joint replacements and developed computer technologies for conducting virtual trials of orthopaedic devices. I have also contributed to the development of software for integration clinical imaging  toward a personalized, physics-based, medicine.