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Dr Gaetano Burriesci
Department of Mechanical Engineering
UCL Department of Mechanical Engineering
Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7JE
Appointment
  • Reader in Biomedical Engineering
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Dr Gaetano Burriesci studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Palermo (Italy), where he was awarded his MEng degree with first class honours (and a national prize for the best project in Experimental Mechanics) and gained his Doctorate in design and structural optimisation of artificial heart valves. He then was appointed Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, where he performed research activity in the field of biomechanics and collaborated with AorTech International Plc. in the development of an innovative synthetic leaflets heart valve. Subsequently, he joined SorinGroup SpA, which is an international company operating worldwide in the field of high-technology bioengineering for implantable medical devices, working as a Research Manager in the development and qualification of innovative cardiovascular devices. Gaetano joined the Department as a Lecturer in 2006.

Research Summary

Gaetano’s research activity of covers many disciplines, often combined, which include experimental and numerical stress analysis, non conventional materials and bioengineering. 

In recent years, driven by the escalating need for a more sustainable new generation healthcare, Gaetano has focused his activity in the definition of transformative healthcare treatments, by applying his research on novel material technologies, smart structures and advanced engineering approaches to the medical device area.  In collaboration with major biomedical industries, he has led the development of novel therapeutic technologies that are now widely adopted.

These include new families of semi-rigid annuloplasty rings for mitral repair based on super-elastic alloys and auxetic designs, that allow more physiological operative dynamics; new generation of sutureless artificial heart valves that allow significant reduction in cross-clamping time during surgery; new valve solutions based on the use of nano-composite polymers; collapsible prosthetic valves implantable without surgery and fully repositionable in case of misplacement (few of these implants are already on the market), and tissue in situ regeneration (with the UCL Centre of Gastroenterology and Nutrition).



This activity embraces basic and applied research on materials characterisation, fatigue behaviour, durability within hostile environments, physiological systems simulation, as well as the implementation of structural design optimisation procedures and the solution of new problems related with assessment.



The laboratories coordinated by Dr Burriesci are equipped with advanced facilities for the treatment and testing of biomaterials, and state-of-the-art testing devices for the assessment of the hydrodynamic and durability performances of cardiovascular prostheses.  



Teaching Summary

Gaetano Burriesci lectures and coordinates the MSc course of Biofluids & Medical Devices, and the undergraduate courses of Stress Analysis and Engineering Designs:


ENGINEERING DESIGN II

Course Director: Dr G Burriesci

Mandatory for the 2nd year BEng and MEng students in Mechanical Engineering, and 3rd year BEng and MEng students in Engineering with Business and Finance.

This course emphasises the application of established theories to practical cases.  Students engage in three different assignments that concentrate on component matching, safety and reliability aspects of design, and design of complex components.


STRESS ANALYSIS

Course Director: Dr G Burriesci

Mandatory for all 2nd year BEng and MEng students in Mechanical Engineering and optional for 2nd year BEng and MEng in Engineering with Business & Finance.

With this course students learn to analyse the mechanical response of structures to external loads, gaining the ability to predict and prevent the typical forms of structural failure in common engineering components.


BIOFLUIDS & MEDICAL DEVICES

Course Director: Dr G Burriesci

Mandatory module in the MSc in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

The aim of this course is to apply the basic principles of fluid mechanics to the scientific understanding and modelling of fluid flows in physiological systems. The first part of the module provides an introduction to fluid mechanics and its application to physiological models, to the rheological properties of blood, and an insight of the cardiovascular system and its modelling. The second part of the module aims at analysing the interaction between physiological flows and artificial systems, identifying the most important parameters to control in the design of medical devices.

Appointments
24-JUN-2002 – 31-DEC-2005 Research Manager Cardiovascular Devices Sorin Group SpA, Italy
01-APR-2002 – 01-MAY-2004 Researcher Department Of Mechanical Engineering University of Palermo, Italy
01-OCT-2000 – 01-JUN-2002 Research Collaborator Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Palermo, Italy
02-MAY-2000 – 31-JUL-2004 Research Associate Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2000 PhD Dottorato di Ricerca – Mechanical Engineering Universita degli Studi di Palermo
1996 LAU Laurea – Mechanical Engineering Universita degli Studi di Palermo
1989 Dip. Diploma – Science To be updated
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