I have been selected as one of the three best Master’s Thesis in biomechanics competing for the ESB-ITA Master Thesis Award 2023.

Biomechanics of diseased carotid arteries with atherosclerotic plaque and computational modeling

The Italian Chapter of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) brings together Italian ESB members or ESB members affiliated to Italian Institutions. ESB-ITA encourages, fosters and promotes research in the science of biomechanics


Biomechanics is a fascinating field of study that explores the mechanical behavior of biological tissues and structures within the human body. When it comes to vascular vessels, such as arteries and veins, understanding their behaviour is crucial for various medical applications, including the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Computational models play a significant role in unraveling the complexities of vascular mechanics. Vascular vessels are essential for the circulation of blood throughout the body and their biomechanical properties determine their ability to withstand the pulsatile flow of blood and maintain proper tissue perfusion as well as the evolution of diseases.

Applications of computational models in vascular mechanics are diverse:

  • Disease Prediction and Diagnosis: Computational models can help identify regions of high stress, which are prone to aneurysms or dissections, aiding in early disease detection.
  • Treatment Planning: Surgeons can use these models to plan interventions like stent placement or bypass surgery, optimizing the design and placement for individual patients.
  • Drug Development: Researchers can simulate the effects of medications on vascular mechanics to develop better pharmaceutical treatments.
  • Biomechanical Research: Computational models are invaluable for studying the fundamental biomechanical principles governing vascular behavior, advancing our understanding of cardiovascular physiology.

European Society of Biomechanics

The European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) is a professional organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of biomechanics research and education within Europe. The ESB’s primary mission is to encourage research, disseminate knowledge, and promote collaboration in the field. It aims to foster interdisciplinary interactions among scientists, engineers, clinicians, and researchers interested in various aspects of biomechanics.

The society is open to professionals, researchers, and students who have an interest in the field. Members can benefit from networking opportunities, access to resources, and participation in conferences and workshops. The ESB organizes regular conferences, symposia, and meetings that provide a platform for researchers to present their work, exchange ideas, and collaborate. These events often cover a wide range of biomechanics topics, including musculoskeletal description, cardiovascular behaviour, and computational mechanics of soft tissues.

The impact of residual strains on the stress analysis of atherosclerotic carotid vessels – predictions based on the homogenous stress hypothesis