Francesco Travascio

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Francesco Travascio

Assistant Professor Industrial Engineering Department
Work Phone: (305) 284-2371



Research Interests

Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Robot Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Modeling, Biomedical Imaging, Biotransport


    • University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering (2009)
    • University of Naples, Naples, Italy, Ph.D. in Chemical and Materials Engineering (2004)
    • University of Naples, Naples, Italy, B.S. in Materials Engineering (2001)
    • University of Naples, Naples, Italy, M.S. in Materials Engineerings (2001)


    • College of Engineering, University of Miami, Assistant Professor. Industrial Engineering (2012 - Present)
    • University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center (MIIAC) , Assistant Director. (2015 - 2016)
    • University of Miami, Postdoctoral Associate. Department of Biomedical Engineering (2010 - 2011)
    • Tissue Biomechanics Lab, University of Miami, Research Assistant. (2006 - 2009)
    • Industrial Material Institute, National Research Council of Canada (NRC/CNRC), Invited Researcher. (2005)
    • Cellular and Molecular Engineering Lab, University of Naples, Assistant Scientist. (2000 - 2004)


  • Juried or Refereed Journal Articles or Exhibitions

    • Alamoudi, M., Travascio, F., (2018).The Effects of Different Carrying Methods on Locomotion Stability, Gait Spatio-Temporal Parameters and Spinal Stresses. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 67, 81-88.
    • Elmasry, S., Travascio, F. (2018).Finite Element Study to Evaluate the Biomechanical Performance of the Spine After Augmenting Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Fixation with Kyphoplasty in the Treatment of Burst Fractures. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 140, 061005.
    • Travascio, F., Serpieri, R., Asfour, S., Rosati, L. (2017).Analysis of the consolidation problem of compressible porous media by a macroscopic variational continuum approach. Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, 22, 952-968.
    • Hernandez, R., Onar-Thomas, A., Travascio, F., Asfour, S. (2017).Attainment and Retention of Force Moderation following Laparoscopic Resection Training with Visual Force Feedback. Surgical Endoscopy, 31, 4805-15.
    • Elmasry, S., Asfour, S., Travascio, F. (2017).Effectiveness of Pedicle Screw Inclusion at the Fracture Level in Short-Segment Fixation Constructs for the Treatment of Thoracolumbar Burst Fractures: A Computational Biomechanics Analysis. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 20, 1412-20.
    • Elmasry, S., Asfour, S., de Rivero Vaccari, J., Travascio, F. (2016).A Computational Model for Investigating the Effects of Changes in Bioavailability of Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 on the Homeostasis of the Intervertebral Disc. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 78, 126-137.
    • Brand, F. J., Forouzandeh, M., Kaur, H., Travascio, F., de Rivero Vaccari, J. (2016).Acidification Changes Affect the Inflammasome in Human Nucleus Pulposus Cells. Journal of Inflammation, 3, 29. 10.1186/s12950-016-0137-0
    • Eltoukhy, M., Travascio, F., Asfour, S., Elmasry, S., Heredia-Vargas, H., Signorile, J. (2016).Examination of a lumbar spine biomechanical model for assessing axial compression, shear, and bending moment on the spine using selected Olympic lifts. Journal of Orthopaedics, 13, 210-19. 10.1016/j.jor.2015.04.002
    • Serpieri, R., Travascio, F. (2016).General quantitative analysis of stress partitioning and boundary conditions in undrained biphasic porous media via a purely-macroscopic purely-variational approach. Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 28, 235-261.
    • Eltoukhy, M., Kuenze, C., Jun, H., Asfour, S., Travascio, F. (2015).Assessment of Dynamic Balance via Measurement of Lower Extremities Tortuosity. Sports Biomechanics, 14, 18-27.
    • Elmasry, S., Asfour, S., de Rivero Vaccari, J., Travascio, F. (2015).Effects of Tobacco Smoking on the Degeneration of the Intervertebral Disc: a Finite Element Study. PLOS ONE, 10, e0136137.
    • Serpieri, R., Travascio, F., Asfour, S., Rosati, L. (2015).Variationally consistent derivation of the stress partitioning law in saturated porous media. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 56-57, 235-47.
    • Asfour, S., Travascio, F., Elmasry, S., de Rivero Vaccari, J. (2014).A Computational Analysis on the Implications of Age-Related Changes in the Expression of Cellular Signals on the Role of IGF-1 in Intervertebral Disc Homeostasis. Journal of Biomechanics, 48, 331-39.
    • Travascio, F., Elmasry, S., Asfour, S. (2014).Modeling the Role of IGF-1 on Extracellular Matrix Biosynthesis and Cellularity in Intervertebral Disc. Journal of Biomechanics, 47, 2269-76.
    • Travascio, F., Eltoukhy, M., Cami, S., Asfour, S. (2013).Altered mechano-chemical environment in hip articular cartilage: effect of obesity. Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobilogy, 13, 945-959.
    • Travascio, F., (2012).Quantitative analysis of exogenous IGF-1 administration of intervertebral disc through intradiscal injection. Journal of Biomechanics, 45, 1149-55.
    • Travascio, F., Gu, W. Y. (2010).Simultaneous measurement of anisotropic solute diffusivity and binding reaction rates in biological tissues by FRAP. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 39, 53-65.
    • Travascio, F., Zhao, W. Z., Gu, W. Y. (2009).Characterization of anisotropic diffusion tensor of solute in tissue by video-FRAP imaging technique. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 37, 813-823.
    • Jackson, A. R., Travascio, F., Gu, W. Y. (2009).Effect of mechanical loading on electrical conductivity in human intervertebral disc. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 131, 54505.
    • Travascio, F., Jackson, A. R., Brown, M. D., Gu, W. Y. (2009).Relationship between solute transport properties and tissue morphology in human annulus fibrosus. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 27, 1625-1630.
    • Jackson, A. R., Yuan, T. Y., Huang, C. Y., Travascio, F., Gu, W. Y. (2008).Effect of compression and anisotropy on the diffusion of glucose in annulus fibrosus. Spine, 33, 1.
    • Travascio, F., (2007).Anisotropic Diffusive Transport in Annulus Fibrosus: Experimental Determination of the Diffusion Tensor by FRAP Technique. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 35, 1739-48.
    • Netti, P. A., Travascio, F., Jain, R. K. (2002).Coupled Macromolecular Transport and Gel Mechanics: A Poroviscoelastic Approach. American Journal of Chemical Engineering, 49, 1580-1596.
  • Refereed Books

    • Travascio, F. (Ed.) The Role of Matrix Metalloproteinase in Human Body Pathologies. InTech.
    • Serpieri, R., Travascio, F. (Eds.) Variational Continuum Multiphase Poroelasticity - Theory and Applications. Springer.
    • Travascio, F. (Ed.) Composition and Function of the Extracellular Matrix in the Human Body. InTech.
    • Travascio, F. (Ed.) Transport Phenomena in Intervertebral Disc. VDM Verlag, Berlin, Germany.

    Book Chapters

    • Serpieri, R., Corte, A. D., Travascio, F., Rosati, L., (2016). Variational Theories of Two-Phase Continuum Poroelastic Mixtures: A Short Survey. Generalized Continua as Models for Classical and Advanced Materials (pp. ). Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

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