Calvin Chan, MS
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
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.
Sarah Hensley, MS
Sarah Hensley is a Bioengineering PhD student in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by a National Institutes of Health grant under Dr. Debski. Sarah graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Master’s of
Science in Bioengineering and from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical engineering, with a concentration in Biomechanics. Currently, she is attempting to assess glenohumeral kinematics for
patients with rotator cuff tears.
Kanto Nagai, MD, PhD
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
João Novaretti, MD
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.
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.
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.
James Warren Gorenflo
Jimmy is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in Nuclear Engineering. His project involves designing a system to recreate active elbow flexion while varying the shoulder in different
degrees of abduction and adduction. In the future, he plans on attending graduate school.