Dr Roberto Leonardo Diaz
BEng, MEng, PhD

Dr Roberto Leonardo Diaz

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Biomechanics

Mile End

ORCID Google Scholar

Supervisor: Prof Teresa Alonso-Rasgado
Expertise: Clinical biomechanics; finite element analysis; computational modelling; experimental testing; experimental wear simulation; medical device development.

Brief Biography

I obtained my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2020 by investigating "The performance evaluation of surgical techniques for treatment of scapholunate instability in a type II wrist". This research was completed using computational models of the human wrist, simulating diverse loading conditions and range of motion for a comprehensive understanding of ligament repair techniques.

After obtaining my PhD, I worked as PDRA in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. I was responsible to the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago for implementing clinical biomechanics projects on spine fusion, pedicle screws, osteochondritis dissecans on the knee, and kinematics of shoulder and knee due to ligament deficiency. Also, I worked on characterising human tissues and the performance assessment of prosthetic devices. As a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, I worked with hip simulators to investigate cartilage degradation due to different configurations of hemi-arthroplasty models.

I have a wide range of experience in developing specimen-specific finite element models and experimental simulations in natural joints and artificial materials.