Dr Luca Modenese is a researcher in the field of computational biomechanics with an extensive experience in measuring, modelling, simulating and analysing human movement. Luca is an expert in technologies used to create digital twins of the musculoskeletal system of individuals and patients, especially from standard medical scans like computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These digital twins have been used to create computer simulations of walking and other daily-living and sports activities. Dr Modenese has published more than 40 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals, releasing several musculoskeletal models and open source tools and datasets with his publications.
Fields of Research (FoR)Biomechanics, Biomedical engineering, Orthopaedics
Dr Luca Modenese is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and recipient of a prestigious Scientia Fellowship. He was awarded a degree (summa cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua in 2008 (Department of Industrial Engineering). After a brief period as Research Assistant, Luca started his doctoral training at Imperial College London, based in the Structural Biomechanics...view more
Dr Luca Modenese is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and recipient of a prestigious Scientia Fellowship. He was awarded a degree (summa cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua in 2008 (Department of Industrial Engineering). After a brief period as Research Assistant, Luca started his doctoral training at Imperial College London, based in the Structural Biomechanics group. Luca received his PhD in 2013 and moved to Griffith University for a postdoc in the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (now part of Menzie Health Institute Queensland), under the supervision of Prof. David Lloyd. During this period, he was awarded a visiting scholar fellowship to visit the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab at Stanford University. He also spent time as visiting researcher at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and at the University of Padua. In 2015, Dr Modenese moved to the Deparment of Mechanical Engineering of Sheffield University (INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine). During this appointment, he was involved in the European Project MD-Paedigree and the EPSRC project MultiSim, developing methods to generate patient-specific musculoskeletal models. In 2017 Luca was awarded a prestigious Imperial College Research Fellowship for a project aiming to optimize the outcome of surgical interventions using a combination of advanced computational methods including patient-specific neuro-musculoskeletal modelling, finite element analysis and predictive simulations. He joined the University of New South Wales in 2022.
- 2021-2023 Grant from Action Medical Research
- 2019-2021 Springboard award from the Academy of Medical Sciences
- 2017-2021 Imperial College Research Fellowship
- 2015 New Researcher Grant from Griffith University
- 2015 Allied Health Research Grant from Griffith University
- 2013 Visiting Scholarship from National Centre for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (Stanford University)
- 2008-2009 Aldo Gini PhD Scholarship from "Fondazione Aldo Gini"
- 2021 “Athanasiou ABME Award” for best article published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering by a postdoctoral researcher. You can read the paper at this link.
- 2017 Publication of the year of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics (co-author). You can read the paper at this link.
- 2015 Publication of the Year for Musculoskeletal Research, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research Excellence Awards, Griffith University, Australia. (first author). You can read the paper at this link
- 2014 Inaugural fellow on the “OpenSim Fellows” program, National Centre for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research of Stanford University, to recognise deep expertise in biomechanical modelling and simulation.
My Research Activities
Dr Luca Modenese has wide interests in the field of computational biomechanics, with particular focus on:
- musculoskeletal modelling
- neuromuscular modelling
- orthopaedic biomechanics
- generation of subject-specific neuro-musculoskeletal models
He is a member of:
- the International Society of Biomechanics
- the European Society of Biomechnics
- the Australia and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics
- the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society
- the Higher Education Academy (Associate Fellow, teaching qualification)
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
I am available to supervise PhD students in the areas of:
- computational biomechanics
- sports biomechanics
- orthopaedic biomechanics
- neuromuscular biomechanics
- Arnault Caillet at Imperial College London (external supervisor)
- Metin Bicer at Imperial College London (external supervisor)