Alessandro Giudici

Post doc

Alessandro Giudici is a postdoctoral researcher in arterial mechanics. In his multidisciplinary approach to research, Alessandro integrates biomedical engineering and clinical studies to characterise changes in arterial mechanics and function associated with vascular ageing and disease.

Alessandro studied Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy), completing his BSc and MSc studies in 2014 and 2017, respectively. He spent his last year of MSc programme at the LaBS (Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics) at Politecnico di Milano developing and characterising a physical simulator of patients in dialysis. Alessandro undertook his PhD studies at Brunel University London (London, UK) between 2017 and 2021, investigating changes in arterial mechanics, structure and function associated with ageing and cardiovascular disease. During this period, he won the ARTERY Society (Association for Research into Arterial Structure and Physiology) Research Exchange Grant, allowing him to visit Prof Humphrey’s lab at Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut, US) to investigate layer-specific arterial mechanics. Alessandro joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at CARIM in 2021, where he continues to use computational modelling and data analysis techniques to characterise arterial function in physiological and pathological conditions.

During his career, Alessandro has developed different analytical methods to study the arterial wall mechanical behaviour both in vivo and ex vivo. In vivo, Alessandro’s work has focused on developing techniques to assess arterial (dys)function non-invasively via ultrasound scanning and tonometry, including a method to estimate the arterial pressure waveform from ultrasound acquisitions. Ex-vivo, he developed a novel constitutive modelling framework to investigate the contribution of the three arterial layers to the macroscopic arterial wall mechanics.

Alessandro is Executive Committee member of the ARTERY Society, Editorial Board Member of Artery Research, and member of Working Group 2 of the EU COST action 18216 VascAgeNet.

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: H3.336
T: +31 43 388 1658

  • 2023
    • Malik, A. E. F., Giudici, A., van der Laan, K. W. F., Op 't Roodt, J., Mess, W. H., Delhaas, T., Spronck, B., & Reesink, K. D. (2023). Detectable Bias between Vascular Ultrasound Echo-Tracking Systems: Relevance Depends on Application. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(1), [69]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12010069
  • 2022
    • van Loo, C., Giudici, A., & Spronck, B. (2022). Potential adverse effects of vasodilatory antihypertensive medication on vascular stiffness in elderly individuals. Hypertension Research, 45(12), 2024-2027. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41440-022-01012-0
    • Giudici, A., Li, Y., Yasmin, Cleary, S., Connolly, K., McEniery, C., Wilkinson, I. B., & Khir, A. W. (2022). Time-course of the human thoracic aorta ageing process assessed using uniaxial mechanical testing and constitutive modelling. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 134, [105339]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2022.105339
    • Giudici, A., & Spronck, B. (2022). The Role of Layer-Specific Residual Stresses in Arterial Mechanics: Analysis via a Novel Modelling Framework. Artery Research, 28(2), 41-54. https://doi.org/10.1007/s44200-022-00013-1
    • Giudici, A., & Spronck, B. (2022). A first step towards recognizing the fundamental role of smooth muscle tone in large artery (dys)function?Journal of Hypertension, 40(3), 422-424. https://doi.org/10.1097/HJH.0000000000003063
  • 2021
    • Giudici, A., Khir, A. W., Reesink, K. D., Delhaas, T., & Spronck, B. (2021). Five years of cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) and CAVI0: how close are we to a pressure-independent index of arterial stiffness?Journal of Hypertension, 39(11), 2128-2138. https://doi.org/10.1097/HJH.0000000000002928
    • Giudici, A., Khir, A. W., Szafron, J. M., & Spronck, B. (2021). From Uniaxial Testing of Isolated Layers to a Tri-Layered Arterial Wall: A Novel Constitutive Modelling Framework. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 49(9), 2454-2467. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10439-021-02775-2