Ahmad Alminnawi

PhD Researcher

In vitro and in silico modelling of cartilage endplate degeneration mechanisms

  • Finite element analysis
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Computational biomechanics
  • In silico medicine
  • Biomaterials

Lower back pain is the largest cause of morbidity worldwide, yet there remains controversy as to the specific cause leading to poor treatment options and prognosis. The goal of this research is to create a novel framework that would allow translational medicine for highly multifactorial musculoskeletal disorders. The focus will be mainly on the intervertebral disk endplates of the lumbar disc to test its degeneration under different regimes defined through finite element simulations with endplate micromodels. This would enable the transfer of clinical data into disease-mechanism knowledge by means of models and simulations to integrate and interpolate various primary information.

  • M.Sc. in Bioengineering, 2021
    School of Engineering Science, Department of Bioengineering, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
    Thesis: Shape Memory Alloy Actuated Ankle-Foot Orthosis for Locomotion Force Reduction
  • B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, 2018
    School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Lebanese American University, Blat, Lebanon

ahmad.alminnawi [at] uliege.be

Biomechanics Research Unit
GIGA-In silico Medicine – University of Liège
Avenue de l’Hôpital, 11 – 4000 Liège – Belgium