Ivan Benemerito, a PhD student associated with Insigneo’s MultiSim project, has recently successfully defended his PhD thesis. Ivan describes how his experience at MultiSim has prepared him for his new role on the CompBioMed project.
“I got my Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from Sapienza Università di Roma, and my Master degree in Mathematical Engineering for Università di Roma Tor Vergata. I was interested in new and original applications of mathematics and, when looking for a PhD, I heard about the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine offering an exciting PhD scholarship within the MultiSim project. Also, Insigneo is located in Sheffield: a vibrant, international city at the margin of the Peak District National Park. The ideal place for studying, living and enjoying life!
“I joined Insigneo in March 2015 as a PhD student within MultiSim, an ambitious EPSRC-funded research project which aims to develop a multiscale model of the musculoskeletal system. My research provided a link between the body and organ level through the determination of the contact pressure generated in the joints during daily activities. This required the development of computational models of the human joints, the use of the computing infrastructures of the University, and the exchange of data and ideas with other researchers.
“Being part of MultiSim gave me visibility at the international conferences I have attended across the world (ESB2016 Lyon, ESB2017 Seville, ISB2017 Brisbane, WCB2018 Dublin), and contributed to my personal development by giving me the invaluable opportunity to meet and work with researchers from all over the world.
“I have now been awarded the PhD degree for my thesis ‘Extended Discrete Element Method for subject specific modelling and analysis of the ankle joint contact mechanics’. It presents a novel technique for computing the patterns of contact pressure distribution in subject specific models of the ankle joint during time dependent scenarios, modelling also the viscoelastic properties of the articular cartilage.
“Since September 2018 I have worked at Insigneo as postdoctoral researcher within the European project CompBioMed. The professional and personal skills I have developed during my years at Insigneo and MultiSim made me the ideal candidate for a position in a project where technical proficiency and networking capabilities are essential. I want to continue in academia and further grow as a researcher, and I am sure this postdoc experience will give what I need to succeed.”