Student Committee: Jerome Noailly


Jérôme Noailly


Department of Communication and Information Technologies (DTIC)
University Pompeu Fabra
C/ Roc Boronat 138, 08018 Barcelona, Spain
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Jérôme Noailly conducted his PhD research at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He explored the mechanical communications within the lumbar spine through finite element modelling and addressed model evaluation issues. In 2009, he received the best PhD thesis award in engineering from the UPC. From 2007 to 2011, Jérôme focussed on soft tissue and multiphysics modelling as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow, at the AO Research Institute and Eindhoven University of Technology, and at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). In 2012, he became the principal investigator (PI) of IBEC’s group of Biomechanics and Mechanobiology, and in 2015, he was extending his research to computational systems biology and moved to the University Pompeu Fabra, as the PI of the Multiscale and Computational Biomechanics and Mechanobiology research team. He is lecturer in biomechanics and musculoskeletal modelling, has supervised three PhD theses, and has authored more than 90 contributions to congresses, and 27 journal articles and book chapters. He is active member of the ESB since 2006, and has been both co-founder and president of the ESB Spanish National Chapter.


Mrs Laura Baumgartner

Computational Biomechanics and Mechanobiology – SIMBIOsys-BCN-MedTech, Department of Communication and Information Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Laura Baumgartner graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland with a Bachelor in Human Movement Sciences and a Master in Biomechanics. After her studies, her first research experience was in the field of trauma biomechanics and accident reconstruction at the working group on accident mechanics (AGU) in Zürich, Switzerland. Besides developing expertise in accident reconstruction, she was involved in national projects to improve road traffic safety. She enjoyed the research aspects of this job, and so chose to continue her studies and extend her experience/expertise in injury-biomechanics from “macroscopic” trauma to microtrauma. In 2016, she was accepted as a PhD-student at the Research Group for Computational Biomechanics and Mechanobiology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Her thesis work focuses on coupling biomechanics and mechanobiology to investigate microtrauma-processes due to degeneration of the human intervertebral disc at multiple length scales.


Mr Miguel Ángel Ariza Gracia

Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (i3A, University of Zaragoza)

Institute for Surgical Technology and Bioengineering (ISTB, University of Bern)

Á. Ariza-Gracia received his M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (2013, University of Zaragoza, Spain) and Biomedical Engineering (2014, University of Zaragoza, Spain). He worked in the European Project: System Based on 3D plenoptic Imaging for Dynamic Topographical Corneal Characterization (PopCorn). Since 2014, he has been a PhD candidate in the Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (i3A, Zaragoza, Spain), with his thesis focusing on computational modelling of corneal biomechanics. Currently, he holds an ESKAS scholarship and works at the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics (University of Bern, Switzerland).

His main research lines are:

– Automatization and Optimization algorithms to determine material properties of the corneal tissue

– Opto-mechanical and surgical simulations of human eye (e.g. laser surgeries, intra-corneal ring segment implantation, or astigmatic keratotomy)

– Tissue remodeling


Mr Edoardo Borgiani

Julius Wolff Institute, Charité Universitätsmedizin

Edoardo Borgiani studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Bologna, where he graduated as Master of Science in February 2015. After the defence of his master’s Thesis, he moved to Berlin to develop a PhD research-project at Julius Wolff Institute. Currently he is working in the field of the mechano-regulation of fracture healing in mice. By using computational models, he simulates the tissue formation inside the fracture gap to investigate the aging-related factors that compromise healing performance. He took part in the previous two ESB Conferences (Prague 2015, Lyon 2016) where he had the opportunity to promote his work with podium presentations, and looks forward to participating in the upcoming conference in Seville to show the progress of his research.