Nicola Francesco Lopomo

Bioengineer, PhD
Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae
Nicola Francesco Lopomo
Nicola Francesco Lopomo graduated in Biomedical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) in 2003, with a thesis addressing the analysis of the movement of the upper limb entitled "A New Approach in the Estimation of Hand Motion: Biomechanical Models and Nonlinear Kalman Filters", developed in Milan at the Don Gnocchi Foundation - Onlus and the TBM Lab (Laboratory of Biomedical Technologies). In June 2004, he started working as a researcher at the Laboratorio di Biomeccanica of Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy), on projects oriented to Computer Aided Surgery (CAS) in orthopedics. Since 2007 he has been following for the Laboratorio di Biomeccanica ed Innovazione Tecnologica, as regards the development of new technologies and methods in CAS applications and biomechanical evaluation of the hip and knee joints, with particular interest in the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. In 2008 he obtained his PhD in Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy), with the thesis "Quantitative assessment of knee stability During surgery and evaluation of joint functionalities restored after the reconstruction". From 2010 to 2015 he carried out his research at the Laboratorio di NanoBiotecnologie - NaBi of Istututo Ortopedico Rizzoli (Bologna, Italy), focusing on the development and characterization of ceramic coatings for orthopedic applications. In 2012 he was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Biomechanics Laboratory - Medical Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London (London, UK), working on the validation of a non-invasive system for the assessment of joint laxity. In February 2014 was qualified as associate professor in the competitive sector 09/G2 (Bioengineering) within the first National Scientific Habilitation - 2012. In March 2014 he obtained his qualification in Clinical Engineering within the Specialist Master of Management in Clinical Engineering (SMMCE) organized by the Università degli Studi di Trieste (Trieste, Italy) with the thesis "Magnetic Resonance Guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS) for the Palliative Management of Painful Bone Metastases: An Health Technology Assessment". Since March 2015 he has been working as associate professor in the Scientific Sector ING-INF/06 (Electronic and Information Bioengineering) at the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione of the Università degli Studi di Brescia (Brescia, Italy), where for the academic year 2015-2016 he is the holder of the teachings "Biomedical Applications for Health and Wealth" and "Measurement Methods of Biomedical Data for Health and Wealth Applications " for students of degree courses in Electronics and Telecommunication, Communication and Multimedia Technologies and Electronic Engineering. He has held various activities such as co-supervisor/company mentor for several internships and thesis in agreement with the Polytechnic of Milan, Polytechnic of Turin, University of Padua, University of Bologna, University of Cagliari. Currently, he is principal investigator for the project "Multi-Scale Modeling for Predictive Characterization of ligaments and Grafts Behavior in ACL Reconstruction", funded by the Ministry of Health within the Young Researchers Call 2011-2012 and the project ISAKOS/OREF Research Grant 2012 "Clinical Application of Quantitative Assessment of the Pivot Shift - A Multicenter Study" He is also responsible for work packages within the project "Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Biomechanical Modeling for Treatment Selection to Prevent Osteoarthritis" (Targeted Research Award 2010, Ministry of Health) and "Nanostructured Coatings Enhancing Material Performances in Joint Arthroplasty" (Young Researchers Award 2010, Ministry of Health). At present, he is author of 75 peer-reviewed articles, published in international journals and he has participated to numerous international conferences in the field of biomechanics and CAS. He is a reviewer for several international journals, including: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing; Computers in Biology and Medicine; Journal of Biomechanics; Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology; Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology; BioMed Research International; Journal of Orthopedics Translational Research & Clinical Application; International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery; Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering; Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy; American Journal of Sports Medicine. He was a member of the scientific committee for the conference "XIX International Conference on Mechanics in Medicine and Biology" - Bologna (Italy), 3-5 September 2014. His research interests concern the musculoskeletal biomechanics, the computer-assisted surgery, non-invasive systems for the functional evaluation and biomaterials.