Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Research Team


Calvin Chan, MS

Research Engineer


Calvin Chan is the research engineer for the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory.  He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Biomechanics, and a minor in Robotics. Calvin is currently working on lateral meniscus tear propagation, tibio-femoral joint contact pressure analysis of an anterolateral capsule reconstruction, as well as controlling the 6-DOF robotic manipulator for other studies.


Gerald Ferrer, BS

PhD Candidate 


Gerald Ferrer is a Bioengineering PhD candidate in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Gerald graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering with a concentration in biomechanics and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Gerald's current work is focused on quantifying location specific mechanical properties in tendons using different ultrasound techniques and understanding key biomechanical factors that influence rotator cuff tear propagation through computational models.


Sene Polamalu, BS

Graduate Student Researcher


Sene Polamalu is a first year Bioengineering PhD student in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by the Pitt STRIVE Program. Sene graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Mathematics. Currently, he is working on creating a statistical shaped model of the knee with regards to ACL injuries.


Kanto Nagai, MD, PhD

Research Fellow


Kanto Nagai is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee surgery, arthroscopy, and sports medicine. He obtained his medical doctorate from Kobe University, Hyogo, Japan (2007). He has a four-year research background, mainly focused on knee biomechanics and chondrocyte biology, as a graduate student at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan (2012-2016). Currently, his research project focuses on knee biomechanics using the Robotic system and electromagnetic measurement system.


João Novaretti, MD  

Research Fellow 


João Novaretti is an orthopaedic surgeon specialist in arthroscopy, sports medicine and knee surgery. He earned his Medical Degree from the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, while also completing his Residency and Fellowship training at the same university. João also received his Master Degree at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, and is currently enrolled in a PhD at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Currently, his research projects focuses on knee ligaments and meniscus biomechanics using Robotic models.


Neel Patel, MD  

Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Clinician Scientist Research Track 


Neel Patel is a second year Orthopaedic Surgery Resident at UPMC. He is undergoing a year of research in the ORL as part of the Clinician Scientist Research Track. Neel graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He earned his Medical Degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Currently, his research focuses on tibio-fibular and tibio-talar kinematic changes after syndesmotic ankle injuries.

Neel Patel


Catherine Smith

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Catherine Smith is an undergraduate bioengineering student with a mechanical engineering minor at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently being supported by the Swanson School to conduct summer research in the ORL, analyzing the mechanical properties of supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons healed with various biomaterials. In the future, she hopes to go into industry.


Benjamin Roadarmel

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Ben is an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in bioengineering with a concentration in biomechanics and minors in math and chemistry. He currently plans on attending graduate school after graduating from Pitt. His project involves determining the orientation of non-recoverable strain in the glenohumeral capsule after multiple anterior shoulder dislocations.


Samantha Rowen

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Samantha is an undergraduate student majoring in Bioengineering. Samantha is currently researching the effects of bone deformation due to cutting the tibial plateau.



Clinicians Students 
Bart Muller, MD (Netherlands)  Jonathan Brokaw
Shoko Horibata (Japan)  Lee Maccarone
Yoshimasa Fujimaki, MD (Japan)  Hillary Newsome 
Marcus Hofbauer, MD (Austria)  Malcolm Dombrowski 
Ingo Banke, MD (Germany)  Ryan Moss 
Yaniv Michaeli (Israel)   Benjamin Engel 
Bruno Ohashi, MD (Brazil)  Stephanie Rigot 
Haukur Björnsson, MD (Sweden)  Margaret Anne Smith (Carnegie Mellon University) 
Arnd Hoburg, MD (Germany) Audra Sawyer (Boston University) 
Daisuke Araki, MD (Japan)   Laura Bechard 
Fabio Arilla, MD (Brazil)  Joe Takahashi  
Daniel Günther, MD (Germany)  Stephanie Sexton  
Masahito Yoshida, MD (Japan)  Trenton Gilstrap 
Jason Zlotnicki, MD 
Emily Anthony 
Thomas Pfeiffer, MD (Germany)  Patrick Haggerty 
Jan Hendrik-Naendrup, MD (Germany)   Chris Como (Michigan) 
Amir Ata Rahnemai-Azar, MD  Jackie Shauble 
Elmar Herbst, MD (Germany)
Kyle Berkow (Epic)
Conor Murphy, MD
Samik Patel 
Tetsuya Takenaga, MD (Japan) Toni Patterson, MS 
  Kevin Bell, PhD 
  R Matthew Miller, PhD (Worcester Academy) 
  Jonathan Adam Gustafson, PhD (RUSH) 
  Ryan Black 
  Joseph Greaves (Pennsylvania State University)
  James Gorrenflo 
  Sarah Hensley