Information for students

The Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica (LTM) hosts students from different international Universities to do researches for a while according to the following programmes:

  • Internship
  • 1st Degree Dissertations
  • 2nd Degree Dissertations
  • PhD
  • Specialization Schools

The LTM believes that visiting students are a strategic asset for the Lab activity. Quite a nice percentage of  the research activity is done with the help of the undergraduate students. About  65% of students who have done researching dissertation activity in our Lab, later have become co-authors of articles about their works. These articles are in part already published and the rest is in course of publication on international magazines.

Beside this, students remain the main source for Lab researchers recruitment. About 35% of undergraduate or postgraduate students decide to stay longer in the Lab to make further researches with the support of scholarships or research agreements periodically available in our Institute. The majority of the permanent research personal has wrote the dissertation while in the LTM.


The Lab provides many intership options to be done in different research fields. With an agreement  between the University of affiliation and Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli may be  possible to do an intership in our Lab, even keeping into consideration an eventual further dissertation work.

Dissertations LT and LS

The Lab offers a large range of arguments to be investigated for the dissertation, eventually included in an Internship programme.
All the dissertations done in the Lab are experimental type and usually imply bigger efforts. The candidates are involved in research projects already in course and they are asked to develop a specific aspect of the research plan, with the co-operation of supervisors who are researchers with experience. During the dissertation the candidate is trained to the use of sophisticated systems of measurements, calculation, and commercial software engineering of very high quality and with a large diffusion in scientific and industrial fields.

PhD Dissertation

LTM is an ideal environment to prepare the PhD dissertation thanks to the type of research activity which is done at the Lab and to the wonderful relationship among the Academic Units. Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, as a research Unit, is not directly responsible for a single PhD course. On the contrary,  the research co-operations with the Engineering Department  at the University of Bologna as well as with other branches Departments, allow to do eventually even the whole PhD in our Labs. For further information:

Foreign Visitors

We see the presence in the Lab of students and researchers from all over the world as an asset. We appreciate that students coming from different environment bring some 'fresh air' to our Lab, while enjoying the different cultural background of our research centre. Thus, students from foreign institutions interested in our research activities are welcome to spend some time visiting us using external support. We have a number of international collaborations, some are EU funded, some are funded by bilateral agreements, while some are arranged as individual exchange programs. We already hosted visiting students or residents in orthopedics from UK, Venezuela, Colombia, Latvia, Germany, Sweden, France, Swiss, Spain, Poland, USA, Algeria, etc. Due to the high degree of internationality of our Lab, any foreigner would be able to work in our lab as part of a multi-lingual team (English is fluently spoken by 100% of our staff; French, Spanish, German, Polish' are spoken by quite a few persons in our group). If you would like to come in our lab for a while please contact us for additional information.

1) Events and Numbers

Since it has been founded, the LTM of Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli has been open to undergraduate and postgraduate degree research investigations. The first University dissertation which has been completely done in the Lab has been discussed during the academic year 1990-1991. Since that time the Lab has hosted more than 120 dissertation works, many PhD and a large number of dissertations for specialization in Medicine and Sanitarian Physics. In the last years the Lab has hosted also internships for international bachelors. In the below chart it is shown how the dissertations are spread among the different departments.

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Up to now the students have done their research dissertation works in our Lab were from different Italian universities: Bologna (Head quarter e and the center in Romagna), Modena and Reggio Emilia, Genoa, Turin, Rome (Biomedical Campus),  Padova, Trieste, Pisa - and foreign: Germany, Sweden, Spain, Venezuela, Algeria, etc.

2) Work Enviroment

The LTM is hosted inside the Research Centre Codivilla-Putti, placed on one of the most beautiful side of  Bologna: S. Michele in Bosco Hill. The centre is surrounded by huge green zones and amazing views. The centre is reachable by car or by motorbike (parking areas are available), by bus (shuttle E terminus) and also by bike (If your legs are trained '.).

social atmosphere of the Lab


The building has been built recently and has excellent living features. Inside the Institute there is a café and a canteen which offers meal at discounted prices for whom is affiliated to the Institute.

Work atmosphere...

The work team of the LTM consists of almost 40 researchers: 8 senior, about 20 from the not-permanent international staff (' many have been our students before), e 10-15 students of different type. All this contributes to create a young and informal atmosphere.
The personal covers a large range of fields (a part from the Clinic, Biomechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Medical Informatics, Medical Physics, Biology, Statistics). The co-operation among the groups is very strong, so that each researcher is part of a very multi-disciplinary team.

...and human atmosphere!

The social atmosphere of the Lab is characterized by excellent human relationships and all the staff members are very closed to each other and aim to co-operate. For many people the LTM has meant the starting point of friendships which have endured even after the dissertation working time period.

3) Access Way

Who may be interested shall contact the referee from the his/her own University course of study (somebody that will play as referee during the whole period of research in the Lab). Up to now dissertation works which have been done in the LTM have been co-ordinated by the following supervisors or vice-supervisors:


Degree Course



Mechanical Engineering


Prof. Luca Cristofolini

Prof. Gianni Caligiana

Prof. Francesco Cesari

Prof. Alessandro Freddi

Chemical Engineering


Prof. Maria Chiara Bignozzi

Electronic Engineering


Prof. Guido Avanzolini

Prof. Angelo Cappello

Nuclear Engineering


Prof. Francesco Cesari

Industrial Chemistry


Prof. Oddone Ruggeri

Biomedical Engineering


Prof. Luca Cristofolini

Prof. Angelo Cappello

Mechanical Engineering


Prof. Luca Cristofolini

Prof. Alessandro Freddi

Eng. Giangiacomo Minak

Management Engineering

Reggio Emilia

Prof. Sergio Curioni

Mechanical Engineering


Prof. Angelo Andrisano

Mechanical Engineering


Prof. Cristina Bignardi

Mechanical Engineering


Prof. Paola Forte

Eng. Francesca Di Puccio

Biomedical Engineering


Prof. Pietro G. Morasso

Mechanical Engineering


Prof. Andrea Corvi

For other courses or University branches not mentioned in the present list, who may be interested should find a supervisor from his/her own course of study and then contact us.
The University of affiliation should provide a time insurance extension covering the whole period of research while in the LTM. Usually this is the standard procedure. For instance at the University of Bologna, the referee addresses a request to the Intership Office which immediately extends the time insurance period.
To allow the Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli to authorize  the attendance, it is necessary that the student deals with the request signed by the supervisor to be delivered at the secretariat of this Lab to the attention of

Dr. Aldo Toni,

Director of LTM

via di Barbiano, 1/10

40136 Bologna

fax +39 051-6366863

together with the relative declaration of insurance.
Due to the fact that we are part of the Hospital Institute, all the visitors (as well as the students) are obliged to do a medical check visit to confirm the good health condition which is guaranteed by Medicine and Prevention Unit of the Ististiti Ortopedici Rizzoli.
In case students are from Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli-related Universities, the attendance is free of charge. In case of  Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli- not related Universities, if the attendance  is longer than 3 months, the student will have to pay a small fee for the submission (to cover the medical check visit )
At the end of the dissertation working period the candidate is supposed to leave a copy of the work at the library of LTM.
Note: the candidate will have to pick up information about the bureaucracy rules of the Secretariat to be admitted at the final exam at the University of affiliation.

4) Dissertation available in the Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica

The Lab offers a large range of arguments to be investigated, for 1st degree and 2nd degree dissertations (equivalent to BoA and MS respectively in the anglo-saxon educational system). Moreover, it may be possible to draw a profile of postgraduate studies, in line with the Schools of Doctorate co. the University of Bologna and also co. other branches.




Experimental Biomecanics: Biomaterials

Dott. Saverio Affatato 

Total hip replacement: experimental investigation of the wear resistance of ceramic versus ceramic interfaces for material optimisation.
(Dissertation in Mechanical, Nuclear, Chemistry Engineering or In Physics)

Computational Biomechanics

Dott. Ing. Fulvia Taddei 

General topics:

- Finite element modelling of bone segments from diagnostic data for the analysis of the biomechanical behaviour of bone in physiologic and pathologic conditions, and for the in-vivo prediction of the risk of fracture. (Dissertations in Engineering)

- Development of musculoskeletal models for the prediction of forces acting on the skeleton during various motor tasks. (Dissertations in Engineering)

- Numerical modelling of mechanical behaviour of bone tissue from microCT data

Medical Physics 

Dr. Baruffaldi Fabio  

MicroCT characterization of bone tissue and biomaterials

Regional Register orthopedic prostheses 

Dr.ssa Barbara Bordini  

Survival curves in a population of  patients wearing a hip prosthesis: estimation of risk factor relevance by means of multiple regression statistics (Dissertation in Statistical Sciences)

Biology and micromechanics 

Dr.ssa Susanna Stea  

Bone tissue microhardness


Dr.ssa Susanna Stea  

Methods for particulate extraction from synovial liquids

The students from University of Bologna, branch of Bologna, Forlì and Cesena, may verify the on line dissertations availability:

  • clic here to the dissertations list available at Biomechanical Construction, Nuclear, Aeronautic and Metallurgic Engineering Department (DIEM), University of Bologna
  • clic here to the dissertations list available at the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, University of Bologna (branch of Cesena)
  • clic here to the web site of the University of Bologna - PhD in Bioengineering

5) Job opportunities

To apply for any open position send  an application by e-mail (e-mail, with attached your CV in text, doc or pdf format,  specifying the coordinator, the profile and the reference of the position you are  interested in.



Open positions


Phys. Saverio Affatato

Sorry, no positions currently available

Medical physics

Phys. Fabio Baruffaldi

Sorry, no positions currently available

Biomechanical simulations:

functional in-vitro and ex-vivo

testing of bone segments and

implantable devices

Eng. Massimiliano Baleani


Sorry, no positions currently available


Biological and clinical research

Biol. Susanna Stea

Sorry, no positions currently available

Computational biomechanics

Eng. Fulvia Taddei

Sorry, no positions currently available

Content updated 11/04/2014 - 15:15
Content edited by: Dott. Andrea Paltrinieri (
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