Elena Di Martino


Department of Civil Engineering

Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Pittsburgh


University of Milano


Politecnico of Milano


Politecnico of Milano

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Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BMEN 301)

Biomedical Engineering Foundations (BMEN 600)


Biomechanics of Tissues (BMEN 525)

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Research areas

  • Biosystems
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Tissue mechanics
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Regenerative medicine


Vascular diagnostic imaging

Aortic aneurysms are the end result of a multi-factorial process that culminates in an irreversible loss of structural integrity of the aortic wall with consequent wall weakening. Clinicians have expressed strong interest in information that will help them determine the actual structural integrity of the vessel wall and quantify the degree of wall weakening. Surgical guidelines need to move beyond aneurysm size and incorporate functional and structural risk factors, including regional estimates of the tissue mechanical properties and strength. We propose strain measurements as a mean to non-invasively estimate local wall properties. 

In-situ functional microscopy of biological tissues

With funds from the Canada Foundation from Innovation we developed a new instrument that combines the capabilities of a micro-biaxial testing device with a confocal upright microscope and represents a considerable step forward in accuracy and flexibility in the field of in-situ functional microscopy. 

Biomechanics of soft tissues

We study the mechanical and micro-structural properties of a variety of biological tissues: thoracic and abdominal aorta, skin grafts, left atrium tissues, intestine tissues. These studies inform the development of multi-physics numerical models applied to different organs and tissues, including atrium, intestine, and aortic aneurysms.


Dr. Di Martino graduated with a combined BSc-MSc degree from Politecnico of Milano and received her PhD from the Univeristy of Milano, Italy. She held post-doctoral and research scientist positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively, before joining the University of Calgary in 2007. 


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Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation Biomedical Research Award, 2002                            

Perkins Prize for bext paper in Medical Engineering and Physics, 2002

Peak Scholar in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Knowledge Engagement, University of Calgary, 2017