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Research Team


Calvin Chan, MS

Research Engineer

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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 in biomechanics, and a minor in Robotics. Calvin is currently working on meniscus extrusion, ultrasonographic and optical tracking assessment of shoulder motion, designing a way to robotically control the hip joint, as well as controlling the 6-DOF robotic manipulator for other studies.


Sene Polamalu, BS

PhD Student Researcher  

Sene Polamalu is a third 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. Sene’s current work is focused on bony morphology of the knee with regards to ACL injuries using methods including statistical shape modeling.


Luke Mattar, BS

PhD Student Researcher  

Luke Mattar is a second year Bioengineering PhD student in the Orthopaedic Robotics Laboratory and is supported by a National Institutes of Health grant. Luke graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics. Luke's current work is focused on predicting the outcome of exercise therapy for treatment of rotator cuff tears based upon in vivo kinematic analyses and various other parameters.


Satoshi Takeuchi, MD

Research Fellow  

Satoshi Takeuchi is an orthopedic surgeon from Nagoya City University in Japan. His research interests are shoulder biomechanics using the robotic system and ultrasound related research. His current research focuses on robotic simulation of shoulder dislocation.


Philipp Winkler, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Research Fellow

Philipp Winkler is a first year Orthopaedic Surgery resident at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He graduated at the Medical University of Innsbruck in 2019 and earned his medical degree. His current work includes evaluation of meniscal tears as well as clinical research on complex knee injuries.


Nyaluma Wagala, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Clinician Scientist Research Track

Nya Wagala is a second year Orthopaedic Surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center training to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts and Minor in Chemistry and earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City after completing their 6 year combined BA/MD program in 2019. Her current work includes looking at the effects of traumatic shoulder dislocation on the glenohumeral capsule.


Yukun Zhang, BS

Master Candidate Researcher  

Yukun Zhang is a second year master student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Bioengineering. Currently, he is working on a project to obtain the stiffness matrix characteristics of the human knee. In the future, he is planning on continuing for PhD study.



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 
João Novaretti, MD (Brazil) Kevin Bell, PhD 
Neel Patel, MD R Matthew Miller, PhD (Worcester Academy) 
Kanto Nagai, MD, PhD (Japan)
Jonathan Adam Gustafson, PhD (RUSH) 
Tomoyuki Suzuki, MD (Japan) Ryan Black 
Theresa Diermeier, MD (Germany) James Gorrenflo 
Itamar Neto, MD (Brazil) Benjamin Roadarmel  
Robert Tisherman, MD
Sarah Hensley
Thomas Rauer, MD (Switzerland)
Catherine Smith
Guoming Xie, MD (China)
Joseph Greaves (Pennsylvania State University)
Christopher Gibbs, MD
Matthew Navarro (Clemson University)
Yuji Yano, RN (Japan)
Samantha Rowen (Northwestern University)
Soichi Hattori, MD (Japan) Gal Partush (Israel)
Gerald Ferrer, PhD (ARCCA)
Michael Kassabian
Rachel Martello
Taylor Lister
Jocelyn Hawk (University of Arizona)
Satoshi Yamakawa, PhD (Osaka University)