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Francesca Gervaso, PhD


Francesca Gervaso was born in Alessandria, Italy, in 1973. In 1995 and 1996 she studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK and in 1999 she developed part of her thesis project at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, UK. She received her master degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and her Ph.D in Bioengineering in 2005 from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy. Since June 2005 to June 2007, she worked within the project "Development of biomechanical models of micro-structured materials for drug release devices" in collaboration with MOX (Department of Mathematics "F. Brioschi"- Politecnico di Milano).
Since July 2007 she works at UniversitÓ del Salento (Department of Engineering for Innovation) within the FIRB "TISSUENET" project attending to the mechanical characterization of tubular scaffolds for the peripheral nerve regeneration and to the development of scaffolds for meniscus regeneration.
Moreover, her major research activities include (i) the hydrated soft tissues mechanics using a poroelastic approach based on both computational and experimental techniques, (ii) the computational modelling of the mechanical interaction between drug eluting stents and arterial walls, (iii) the biomechanical behaviour of skin in plastic surgery applications, (iv) the fluid-dynamics of the uterine circulation in pregnancy and of the children's cardiovascular system based on 3D reconstructions from bio images.



  1. Gervaso F, Kull S, Pennati G, Migliavacca F, Dubini G, Luisi VS. "The effect of the position of an additional systemic-to-pulmonary shunt on the fluid dynamics of the bidirectional cavo-pulmonary anastomosis". Cardiology in the Young, 14 (Suppl. 3):38-43, Cambridge University Press, 2004 - abstract not available
  2. Pennati G, Migliavacca F, Gervaso F, Dubini G. "Assessment by computational and in vitro studies of the blood flow rate through modified Blalock-Taussig shunts". Cardiology in the Young, 14 (Suppl. 3):24-29, Cambridge University Press, 2004 - abstract not available
  3. Kull S, Gervaso F, Soldani G, Bedini R, Luisi VS. "The role of hydraulic circulatory duplicators in the study of surgical operations for complex congenital heart diseases". Cardiology in the Young, 14 (Suppl. 3):4-10, Cambridge University Press, 2004 - abstract not available
  4. Boschetti F., Pennati G, Gervaso F, Peretti GM, Dubini G. "Biomechanical properties of human articular cartilage under compressive loads". Biorheology, 41(3-4):159-66, IOS Press, Amsterdam (NL), 2004 - Abstract
  5. Socci L, Gervaso F, Migliavacca F, Pennati G, Dubini G, Ait-Ali L, Festa P, Amoretti F, Scebba L, Luisi VS. "Computational fluid dynamics in a model of the total cavopulmonary connection reconstructed using magnetic resonance images". Cardiol Young. Dec;15 Suppl 3:61-7, 2005 - abstract not available
  6. Boschetti F, Gervaso F, Pennati G, Peretti GM, Vena P, Dubini G. "Poroelastic numerical modelling of natural and engineered cartilage based on in vitro tests". Biorheology. 43(3-4): 235-247, 2006 - Abstract
  7. Socci L, Pennati G, Gervaso F, Vena P. "An Axisymmetric Computational Model of Skin Expansion and Growth. Biomech Model Mechanobiol". Jun 10; [Epub ahead of print], 2006 - Abstract
  8. Migliavacca F, Gervaso F, Prosi M, Zunino P, Minisini S, Formaggia L, Dubini G. "Expansion and drug elution model of a coronary stent". Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 10(1): 63-73, 2007 - Abstract
  9. Gervaso F, Pennati G, Boschetti F. "Effect of geometrical imperfections in confined compression tests on parameter evaluation of hydrated soft tissues.". Journal of Biomechanics. 40(13):3041-4, 2007 - Abstract
  10. Balossino R, Gervaso F, Migliavacca F, Dubini G. "Effects of different stent designs on local hemodynamics in stented arteries.". Journal of Biomechanics. 41(5):1053-61, 2008 - Abstract


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