Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Bologna
Viale Risorgimento, 2
Luca Cristofolini is a Full Professor of Biomechanics at 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 earned his PhD in Bioengineering in 1996, and his Master in Mechanical Engineering cum laude in 1992. 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.
His research field covers experimental stress analysis and in vitro biomechanical simulations. His research is focused on orthopaedic biomechanics: (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 research projects.
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 published over 130 papers in ISI indexed international journals and is co-inventor in a European Patent.
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. 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.