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Research Team

ORL Summer 2018

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 in biomechanics, and a minor in Robotics. Calvin is currently working on meniscus root tear propagation, tibio-femoral joint contact pressure analysis of an anterolateral capsule reconstruction, designing a way to robotically control the hip joint, 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 second 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

Graduate Student Researcher


Luke Mattar is a first 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.


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.


Tomoyuki Suzuki, MD  

Research Fellow 


Tomoyuki is an orthopaedic surgery research fellow from Sapporo, Japan. He is very much interested in biomechanical research including robotic research especially in the patella-femoral joint and repair.


Robert Tisherman, MD  

Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Clinician Scientist Research Track 


Robert Tisherman 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. Robert graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Material Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, his research focuses on robotic simulation of shoulder dislocation and evaluation of novel methods for securing quad-tendon autografts for ACL reconstruction.



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 looking at the kinematics surrounding the humeroscapular joint in conjunction with rotator cuff tear. She hopes to  eventually work in the field of prosthetics and orthotics.


Joseph Greaves

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Joe Greaves is an undergraduate biomedical engineering student at Pennsylvania State University. He is currently working with the OptiTrack tracking system to quantify elbow kinematics through varying angles of shoulder abduction.  After graduation, Joe hopes to attend medical school or graduate school.


Matthew Navarro

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Matt Navarro is a recent graduate of Clemson University’s Bioengineering program with a concentration in biomaterials. His project involves designing clamps that can accommodate the pelvis within the 6-DOF robotic manipulator for studies involving the hip. He will be returning to Clemson for graduate school after the summer.  

Matt Novaro

Jocelyn Hawk

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Jocelyn Hawk is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a major in Bioengineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering.  Currently, she is working on a project to determine injury patterns in the glenohumeral capsule following multiple severe anterior shoulder dislocations.  In the future, she plans to attend graduate school.

Jocelyn Hawk

Samantha Rowen

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Sam Rowen is an undergraduate student majoring in Bioengineering. Samantha is currently researching the effects of bone bending and 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 
João Novaretti, MD  Kevin Bell, PhD 
Neel Patel, MD R Matthew Miller, PhD (Worcester Academy) 
  Jonathan Adam Gustafson, PhD (RUSH) 
  Ryan Black 
  James Gorrenflo 
  Benjamin Roadarmel  
  Sarah Hensley