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Luca Cristofolini

Full Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/34 Industrial Bioengineering

Curriculum vitae

Luca Cristofolini is a Full  Professor of Biomechanics at the University of Bologna since 2012.  Formerly he was an Associate Professor of Biomechanics (2004-2012),  and a Research Assistant in Experimental Mechanics (1995-2004).   He serves as a Secretary of the PhD program in Bioengineering,  and is in charge of the International liaisons. He is responsible of 4 Erasmus exchange projects for undergraduate and graduate students.  Luca earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 1996,  and his Master in Mechanical Engineering cum laude in 1992.


His research field covers experimental stress analysis and in vitro biomechanical simulations. His research is focused on orthopaedic biomechanics,  topics: (1) design and validation of implantable devices (improvement of total joint replacement, including bone-implant interaction); and (2) multiscale mechanical testing of bone structures (strain distribution, stiffness, strength, fracture).  While his expertise is on experimental mechanics,  his work is strongly integrated with finite element (FE) modelling (identification of model parameters, experimental validation of models, exploitation of models to optimize in vitro experiments).  He has continuing research collaboration with Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli,  and with several foreign Research Institutions.  He played a role in 26 national and 10 international (mainly EU-funded, in FP4, Fp5, FP6 and FP7) research projects.  He serves as a reviewer of 2 Italian and 5 international granting agencies.

He published over 200 papers in ISI indexed peer-reviewed journals,  and a European Patent.   According to the statistics of Osservatorio Ricerca, his scientific productivity and impact is above the 90th percentile of UniBo.  He won the Clinical Biomechanics award in 2002. In 1997 he won the Capocaccia Award (Italian Association for Stress Analysis, AIAS). His PhD thesis was awarded by the Italian Lions Club as the best PhD thesis in Bioengineering. His Master thesis was awarded by the Italian Association for Stress Analysis,  AIAS.


He is in the Editorial Board of J. Biomechanics,  and is a Referee for several Journals in the field of Biomechanics. He is a member of the Italian Association for stress Analysis (AIAS),  of the Italian Society for Bioengineering (GNB).  He is a member of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) since 2003, and of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS) since 2013.  He serves in the Council of the ESB since 2012.  He serves in the Executive Board of the Italian Chapter of the European Society of Biomechanics since 2011.



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