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Francesco Travascio

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Francesco Travascio

Assistant Professor | College of Engineering | 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)


    • University of Miami Industrial Assessment Center (MIIAC) , Assistant Director. (2015 - Present)
    • College of Engineering, University of Miami, Associate Professor. (2012 - Present)
    • 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

    • 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, 1-11.
    • 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.
    • Travascio, F., Jackson, A. R. (2017).The Nutrition of the Human Meniscus: A Computational Analysis Investigating the Effect of Vascular Recession on Tissue Homeostasis. Journal of Biomechanics.
    • 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.
    • 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, 13:29. 10.1186/s12950-016-0137-0
    • Travascio, F., Jun, H., Eltoukhy, M., Kuenze, C., Asfour, S., Signorile, J. (2016).Fluoroscopic Imaging Allows Quantification of Changes in Patellar Tracking due to Taping in Subjects with Patellofemoral Pain. Jacobs Journal of Sports Medicine, 3(1), 20.
    • Elmasry, S., Asfour, S., Travascio, F. (2016).Implications of spine fixation on the adjacent lumbar levels for surgical treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures: a finite element analysis. Journal of Spine Care, 1, 1-5.
    • Eltoukhy, M., Kuenze, C., Jun, H., Asfour, S., Travascio, F. (2015).Assessment of Dynamic Balance via Measurement of Lower Extremities Tortuosity. Sports Biomechanics, 10.1080/14763141.2015.1025238.
    • 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.
    • Eltoukhy, M., Travascio, F., Asfour, S., Elmasry, S., Heredia-Vargas, H., Signorile, J. (2015).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, 10.1016/j.jor.2015.04.002.
    • Serpieri, R., Travascio, F. (2015).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, doi:10.1007/s00161-015-0421-x.
    • Travascio, F., Asfour, S., Gjolaj, J., Latta, L., Elmasry, S., Eismont, F. (2015).Implications of decompressive surgical procedures for lumbar spine stenosis on the biomechanics of the adjacent segment: a finite element analysis. Journal of Spine, 0.319444444, doi:10.4172/21657939.1000220.
    • Travascio, F., Eltoukhy, M., Asfour, S. (2015).Spine Biomechanics: A Review of Current Approaches. Spine Research, 1, 1:04.
    • 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.
    • Travascio, F., Serpieri, R., Asfour, S., Rosati, L. (2015).Analysis of the consolidation problem of compressible porous media by a macroscopic variational continuum approach. Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids.
    • 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.
    • Hernandez, R., Travascio, F., Onar-Thomas, A., Asfour, S. (2014).Effect of Visual Display Location on Human Performance in Simulated Laparoscopic Tasks. Journal of Ergonomics, 4, 134.
    • 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., Gu, W. Y. (2010).Simultaneous measurement of anisotropic solute diffusivity and binding reaction rates in biological tissues by FRAP. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 39(1), 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(5), 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(12), 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, 7-Jan.
    • 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

    • 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.