Ivan Benemerito

Ivan Benemerito

Ivan Benemerito, a PhD student associated with the MultiSim project, has recently successfully defended his PhD thesis. Ivan describes how his experience in MultiSim has prepared him for his new role in CompBioMed.

“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.

“I joined Insigneo in March 2015, as a PhD student within MultiSim. I have worked in Work Package 6 to develop a multiscale link between the body and organ levels. This required the development of computational models of the human joints, and often the use of HPC facilities.

“I have now completed my PhD with a thesis entitled “Extended Discrete Element Method for subject specific modelling and analysis of the ankle joint contact mechanics”, in which I investigate the patterns of contact pressure in subject specific models of the ankle in juvenile subjects.

“Being part of MultiSim gave me visibility at the international conferences I have attended across the world (ESB2016, Lyon, France; ESB2017, Seville, Spain; ISB2017, Brisbane, Australia, WCB2018, Dublin, Ireland), and contributed to my personal development by giving me the invaluable opportunity to meet and work with researchers from all over the world, often with a background dissimilar from mine.

“Since September 2018, I have been working in Insigneo as a postdoctoral research assistance within the European project CompBioMed. The professional and personal skills I have developed during my years in MultiSim made me the ideal candidate for a position in a project where technical proficiency and networking capabilities are essential.”