Dr Roberto Leonardo

Dr Roberto Leonardo


I joined the University of Leeds in May 2022. My research at the iMBE focuses on the hip joint. Using an anatomical hip simulator, this investigation assesses cartilage degradation due to different configurations of hemi-arthroplasty procedures. To find out more about the Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering's research, visit imbe.leeds.ac.uk 

Before my post at the iMBE, I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the United States of America. I was responsible to the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory through the Director's office for implementing clinical biomechanics projects on spine fusion, pedicle screws, osteochondritis dissecans on the knee,  and kinematics of shoulder and knee due to ligament deficiency. Also, I worked on characterising human tissues and the performance assessment of prosthetic devices.

I obtained my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2020 by investigating "The performance evaluation of surgical techniques for treatment of scapholunate instability in a type II wrist". This research was completed using computational models. 

 My experience includes clinical biomechanics and FE modelling of most human joints. I am skilled in tooling design for projects ranging from drug delivery to clinical kinematics. I have worked in institutes in Mexico, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Research interests

Clinical Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Experimental Simulation, Computational biomechanics, and Medical Implants.


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Design (Hons)
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering