Dr Claudio Vergari
Current research interests
My main interest in research is the biomechanical characterization of soft tissue. It is a fascinating field since it couples experimental engineering and medical issues. In particular, I specialize on the development and application of novel techniques to investigate soft tissue mechanical properties. For instance, during my PhD I worked on a technique based on quantitative ultrasound to non-invasively measure the force applied to superficial tendons, as well as their elastic modulus. More recently, I worked with ultrasound elastography to non-invasively assess intervertebral disc properties.
During my appointment at the University of Exeter, I worrked on applying nonlinear microscopy techniques to investigate needle injury to the intervertebral disc. I collaborated on this project with Prof C. Peter Winlove, Dr Jude Meakin and Dr Jessica Mansfield. Currently, I work at the Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak on the biomechanics of scoliosis, and I am a honorary research fellow at UoE.
Positions and Employment
2017 - present: Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, and researcher at the Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak, Arts et Métiers, Paris, France.
2015 - 2017 Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Needle Injury to the Annulus of the Intervertebral Disc: Mechanisms and Minimisation with Prof. C.P. Winlove. Project funded by the Henry Smith Charity.
2012 - 2015 Postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratoire de Biomécanique, Arts et Métiers Paristech, Paris, France. Personalized biomechanical modeling of scoliotic spine with Prof. W. Skalli. Project funded by the BiomecAM chair program on subject-specific musculoskeletal modelling.
2011 - 2012 Postdoctoral fellow in the Unité INRA-ENVA 957 Biomécanqiue et Pathologie Locomotrice du Cheval, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, Maisons-Alfort, France. Project on the calibration of axial speed of sound measurements in human and equine tendons.
2008 - 2011 PhD student in biomechanics and ultrasound propagation in the Unité INRA-ENVA 957 Biomécanqiue et Pathologie Locomotrice du Cheval (Prof. Nathalie Crevier-Denoix), ENVA, Maisons-Alfort, France, in collaboration with IFFSTAR/INRETS (Prof. David Mitton) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Dr Pascal Laugier).
2007 Product specialist in electrosurgery at LED spa, Aprilia, Italy.
2005 Internship at the Medical Engineering Service, Tor Vergata General Hospital, Rome, Italy.