Giovanni Martino, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Emory University


  • BSc, Biomedical and Computer Engineering , University of Catanzaro ¿Magna Græcia¿, Catanzaro, Italy, 2009
  • MSc, Bioengineering, University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, 2012
  • PhD, Neuroscience, University of Rome ¿Tor Vergata¿,, Rome, Italy, 2018


My research interests are largely directed towards understanding the neural control and the biomechanics of human movement in both normal and pathological conditions. I dedicated several years to the exploration of the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying the control of movement during pathological and physiological unstable walking. In particular, I investigated of how healthy subjects and patients with neurological disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebellar Ataxia, Cerebral Palsy, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia) adapt their locomotor patterns to the environment, by analyzing the biomechanics and applying recognition algorithms to the multi-muscle activation profiles. My postdoctoral work is focused on investigating the mechanisms by which rigidity alters motor control in Parkinson’s disease through a combination of computational and experimental studies. I’m also contributing to the development of a multi scale muscle spindle model for understanding how physiological and pathological changes alter the sensorimotor control.


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