Dr Saulo Martelli

ARC Future Fellow

College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley (5.10)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Saulo Martelli received a MS in Mechanical Engineering (2003) and PhD in Biomechanical Engineering (2008) from the University of Bologna (Italy). His research aims at elucidating deep aspects of human motion focusing on bone strength and metabolism, orthopaedic devices, physical activity, and muscle function. Honorary member of the University of Melbourne. Member of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB), the Australian & New Zeeland Orthopaedic Society (ANZORS) and the Australian Biomechanics society (ABC). He is a lecturer and a research fellow supported by the Australian Research Council.


Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Bologna (2008)
M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Bologna (2003)

Honours, awards and grants

Research funding

  • 2019 - 2023     Co-I. ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technology ($4,000,000)
  • 2019 - 2023     PI. ARC Future Fellow ($726,125)
  • 2018           PI. Flinders’ seed grant. ($40,000)
  • 2018 – 2022     PI. ARC Discovery Project ($368,636)
  • 2018           Co-I. Int. Society for Prosthetic and Orthotics ($20,000)
  • 2016 – 2019     PI. Flinders’ Establishment grant (Value: $30,000)
  • 2013 – 2017     PI. ARC-DECRA Fellow ($447,744).
  • 2012 – 2013     PI. Early Career Research grant, The University of Melbourne ($20,000)
  • 2009 – 2011     Co-I. NMS Physiome. EC funding: €929,450
  • 2008 – 2012     Co-I. Virtual Physiological Human. EC funding: € 9,184,863
  • 2006 – 2009     Co-I. Living Human Digital Library. EC funding: € 2,250,520

Invited/Keynotes Talks (since 2015)

  • 2018           Keynote speaker. 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, 8-12, July, Dublin
  • 2018           Invited speaker. 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, 8-12, July, Dublin
  • 2017           Invited speaker. XXVI International Society of Biomechanics, 23-7 July, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2016           Invited speaker. Italian Research Down Under, 17-18 Nov, 2016, Adelaide, SA, Australia
  • 2016           Invited speaker. 10th Australian Biomechanics Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 4-6.
  • 2016           Invited speaker. “The Ninth Clare Valley Bone Meeting”, Clare, South Australia, April 1-4.
  • 2015           Invited talk. Insigneo institute for in silico medicine, The University of Sheffield, July 5-8.
  • 2015           Invited talk. European Society of Biomechanics, July 10-13, Lyon, France.
  • 2015           Invited talk. Musculoskeletal Research Program, Griffith Health Inst., June 5th, Brisbane, AU

Prizes and Honours

  • 2014           Honorary member of the North West Academic Centre of the University of Melbourne.
  • 2014           Prime minister prizes for science (Invited), Oct 29th, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
  • 2013           Early Career Researcher Award (1st prize), ANZORS conf., Sept. 4-5, Sydney
  • 2012           Early Career Researcher Award (2nd prize), ANZORS conf., Aug 30-Sept 1, Perth
Research expertise
Biomedical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Research interests

Orthopaedic biomechanics; Human motion; Musculoskeletal mechanics

Topic lecturer
ENGR7701 Advanced Biomechanics
Supervisory interests
Bone biomechanics
Finite element analysis
Human motion
Musculoskeletal studies
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Biomechanices (1)
Expert for media contact
Engineering - Biomedical
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  • Engineering - Biomedical
  • Orthopaedics
  • Biomechanics
Further information

Current projects

  • Real-time in vitro measurement of femoral strain during activity.
  • Digital Volume Correlation assessment of in vitro femoral neck fracture in elderly white women (w/ The University of Sheffield, UK).
  • Gender- and age-related femoral micromechanics.
  • In vitro and in silico replication of femoral fractures during side falls
  • Development of surrogate models of femoral strain during activity.
  • Stochastic modelling of muscle recruitment during motion (w/ The University of Sheffield, UK).
  • The effect of botulin injection on gait in spasticity patients (w/ Repatriation General Hospital).
  • Natural and pathological knee and ligaments mechanics.
  • A novel exercise treatment for promoting femoral neck health (w/ Repatriation General Hospital).
  • In-vivo modelling of bone mechano-adaptation in rats (w/ The University of Melbourne).

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