Dr. Billi's current research interests concern bone biology; materials and medical devices biocompatibility and immunology; anti-infective strategies; tribology; biomaterials and smart materials; and wearable orthopaedic devices and technologies. The research in the lab is supported by a number of NIH/NIAMS and industry grants.
Dr. Billi's current research interest concerns bone biology, and specifically the development more specifically a novel 3D bone model for osteoclastogenesis; materials biocompatibility and immunology, and more specifically the effect of corrosion and metal bio-products on cell viability; anti-infective strategies such as smart coatings for the release of antibacterial drugs; tribology and biomaterials, to develop new smart implants; wearable orthopaedic devices and technologies to improve patient screening, outcome and monitoring before, after surgery, and during rehabilitation. The application of these wearable devices extends to sport medicine and military personnel.
Fabrizio Billi is a biomaterials and biomechanics engineer who joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2002. He became Associate Professor in 2011. Dr. Billi earned his B.S./M.S. in Chemical/Materials Engineering and Ph.D. in Biomaterials and Biomechanics at the University of Rome, "La Sapienza", Italy. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the JVL Orthopaedic Research Center at Orthoapedic Hospital/UCLA, where he worked on developing a new fretting and a new artificial intervertebral disc wear simulators. Dr. Billi research is currently focused on wearable technologies, bone biology, smart materials, and biomechanics.
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