|Position/s:||Senior Lecturer, Biomechanics Research|
School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics
|Phone:||+61 8 82013323|
|Postal address:||GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia|
John is a Mechanical Engineer who has been working in the field of Orthopaedic Biomechanics since 1991. He completed his PhD in 2004 and undertook his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont, USA in 2005-2006 (18 months) - one of the most prestigious international biomechanics research centres. He has authored one book chapter, 27 articles, and presented over 100 papers both nationally/internationally on a wide range of biomechanical topics. His major research interests are to understand the mechanisms of spine disc degeneration/tissue injury, and bone/soft tissue mechanics across their hierarchical scales.
2004 PhD, Flinders University
1992 BEng (Hons), The University of Adelaide
Chair - Greenhouse Taskforce Committee (Medical Device Research Institute)
Deputy Director of Studies - Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering
Biomechanics and Mechanical Engineering related topics
John Costi is a Biomechanical Engineer with substantial experience in the conduct of experimental research into Orthopaedic Biomechanics of joints, soft tissue/bone, implants and medical devices. Expertise in the area of the spine and intervertebral disc biomechanics.
His major research interests are to understand the multiscale, complex mechanical behaviour and failure mechanisms of the discs and mechanisms of spine disc degeneration, disc tissue injury and biomechanics, knee ligament reconstruction, soft tissue mechanics and hip implant micromotion.
Established materials testing systems exist for medium to large scale determination of the mechanical function for whole biological tissues, implants and medical devices. However, in order to fully quantify the behaviour of tissue structures, an understanding of their structural and mechanical behaviour is required at the nano- and micro-scales. This information, together with macroscopic material behaviour, can be used to develop multi-scale models of tissues that will allow more complex and realistic simulations to be undertaken.
Programs of research are currently being developed at both nano and micro-scales and novel techniques are being developed to measure the micromechanical properties of soft tissue in multiple degrees of freedom.
An award-winning, novel design of a Hexapod Robot has been developed within the School in collaboration with the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide, to enable complex 6 DOF testing of bones, joints, soft tissues, artificial joints and other medical/surgical devices.
Funding has been obtained by John from The Repat Foundation, the Health and Medical Research Fund, Department of Health, SA Government, as well as the School and the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The current hexapod is based heavily on the very successful Hexapod developed at the University of Vermont by Ian Stokes et al.
Tissue mechanics (1);
Journal of Biomechanics
Journal of Orthopaedic Research
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
European Spine Journal
Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
College of Biomedical Engineering (SA Branch), Engineers Australia
Past Secretary, Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS)