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Sara Roccabianca

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Assistant Professor
(517) 432-3185


Ph.D., Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems, University of Trento 2011
M.S., Civil Engineering University of Trento 2007
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Trento 2004


Mechanical Engineering


Sara Roccabianca studies how continuum mechanics are applied to biomaterials. In particular, she is interested in skin mechanics and skin growth and remodeling (i.e. pregnancy, skin expansion for surgical repair and aging). She also studies non-linear solid mechanics with a specific focuson bifurcation theory and material instability.

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  • Sorrentino TA, Fourman L, Ferruzzi J, Miller KS, Humphrey JD, Roccabianca S (2014) Local versus Global Mechanical Effects of Glycosaminoglycans in Carotid Arteries. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (Submitted)
  • Roccabianca S., Bellini C, Humphrey JD (2013) Computational modelling suggests good, bad and ugly roles of glycosaminoglycans in arterial wall mechanics and mechanobiology. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0397
  • Bellini C, Ferruzzi J, Roccabianca S, Di Martino ES, Humphrey J (2013) A Microstructurally Motivated Model of Arterial Wall Mechanics with Mechanobiological Implications. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (Epub ahead of print)
  • Roccabianca S, Ateshian GA, Humprey JD (2013) Biomechanical roles of medial pooling of glycosaminoglycans in thoracic aortic dissection. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. DOI: 10.1007/s10237-013-0482-3

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