Staff Profiles

University of Sheffield (UK)

Dr Gwendolen Reilly (Coordinator) is a Reader in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at USFD, specialising in mechanobiology and tissue engineering of the musculoskeletal system. Dr Reilly was the president of the European Society of Biomechanics until July 2016.
Dr Frederik Claeyssens is a Senior Lecturer in the Materials Science and Engineering department specialising in synthesising and 3D structuring of biomaterials for tissue engineering applications.
Dr Lingzhong Guo is a lecturer in nonlinear and complex systems at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. His expertise is in the modelling, identification, and analysis of nonlinear complex systems including multi-scale system modelling, model reduction, and surrogate modelling.
Dr Enrico Dall’Ara is a lecturer in the Department of Oncology and Metabolism at the University of Sheffield after holding a Marie Curie-Skłodowska IEF Fellowship at UFSD for two years. His main research interests relate to the generation and validation of computational models for bone using state-of-the-art imaging and experimental techniques.
Dr Claudia Mazzà is a lecturer in biomechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research focuses on the biomechanics of human movement and on the definition of experimental and modelling techniques for the clinical assessment of subject-specific locomotor and postural abilities.

University of Bologna (Italy)

Prof Luca Cristofolini is a full professor of Biomechanics at the University of Bologna. His research focuses on the musculoskeletal system, including traditional and innovative orthopaedic surgical treatments of the joints and of the spine. His main expertise relates to multiscale biomechanical in vitro testing, and integration between experimental and numerical methods. He coordinates the Biomechanics group at the Department of Industrial Engineering of UNIBO. He is the Treasurer of the European Society of Biomechanics.
Prof Rita Stagni is an Associate Professor of Biomechanics at the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering at UNIBO. Her research activity mainly concerns the application of measurement, modelling and control methods in orthopaedics and movement analysis, in both physiological and assisted conditions. In particular, her research activity focuses on the modelling of human joints, in order to evaluate the biomechanical function of different anatomical structures in determining function in intact and replaced joints.
Prof Cesare Faldini is a Full Professor of Orthopaedics at the Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences of UNIBO, and the Director of the 1st Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Clinic at Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute. His scientific expertise includes spinal treatments, and lower limb surgery. He performed more than 6000 surgeries including spine, joint replacements, foot and ankle, pediatrics, upper limb and trauma.

Fin-ceramica Faenza SPA (Italy)

Dr Elisa Figallo is Product and Process Development Manager in Fin-Ceramica Faenza, leading a team of researchers and project managers developing and optimising of class III implantable medical device products. She obtained her PhD in bioengineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has 10 years R&D experience in nanotechnology and regenerative medicine. She will supervise the biomaterials processing and characterisation work at Fin-Ceramica Faenza.
Dr Claudia Fabbi is a Project Manager, with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and experience in R&D activities related to the development and optimisation of ceramic materials for treatment of large sized bone defects.
Dr Laura Grillini is a Researcher and IPR specialist. She is a Biomedical Engineer with experience in R&D activities related to the optimisation and development of implantable devices and biomaterials for bone regeneration.
Dr Lucia Forte is a Research Chemist with PhD in Inorganic Chemistry focused on calcium phosphate synthesis with organic molecules. She is actively involved in the research and development of ceramic and composite material in the orthopaedic field.

National Centre for Spinal Disorders (Hungary)

Dr Áron Lazáry MD, PhD is a spine surgeon, the scientific director in NCSD. He has 10 years experience in spine related research, and is affiliated to the Semmelweis University Doctoral School and member of the Department of Musculosceletal Oncology. His main interest as surgeon and as a scientist is the development and application of patient-specific surgical techniques for better outcomes.
Peter Ender Eltes MD is a pre-doctoral fellow and spine surgeon resident at NCSD. He is the founder and the leader of the in silico Biomechanics Laboratory in the Hospital which is unique in its nature and where the scientific projects are related to significant clinical problems in spine surgery.

Ansys SAS (Villeurbanne, France)

Dr Michel Rochette is Director of Research leading innovation worldwide in the ANSYS group in patient specific simulation and reduced order modelling techniques. He founded a math SME 20 years ago focused on acceleration techniques in numeral simulation.

Adagos (Ramonville, France)

Prof Mohamed Masmoudi is CEO and President of Adagos and a Professor at the University of Toulouse. His contributions to the field of topological gradient characterisation are the basis of the Adagos topologically optimised neural network.
Dr Kateryna Bashtova has a PhD in data simulation.

Aesculap AG (Tuttlingen, Germany)

Prof Dr Thomas M. Grupp is the Principal Expert Engineer, Research and Development for Biomechanics, Orthopaedics and Spine. In part time to his work at Aesculap he is a full professor of Experimental Orthopaedics and Biomechanics at the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich (Medical faculty) and a lecturer at Hochschule Furtwangen (Engineering faculty).