Assistant Professor

Nic is a biomechanist with a mechanical engineering background in solid mechanics and dynamics. His areas of expertise include musculoskeletal biomechanics, orthopedics, and imaging. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, after which he completed postdoctoral training in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the University of Utah. His long-term research goals are to improve the overall health and well-being of those who have suffered an orthopedic injury and to reduce the burden from all disabling musculoskeletal conditions. He leads the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Orthopaedic Biomechanics (MIOB) research laboratory.


Beynnon BD, Fiorentino NM, et al. Combined Injury to the ACL and Lateral Meniscus Alters the Geometry of Articular Cartilage and Meniscus Soon After Initial Trauma. J Orthop Res . 2020 Apr; 38(4):759-767. doi: 10.1002/jor.24519. Epub 2019 Nov 19.

Atkins PR, Fiorentino NM, et al. In Vivo Pelvic and Hip Joint Kinematics in Patients With Cam Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome: A Dual Fluoroscopy Study. J Orthop Res . 2020 Apr; 38(4):823-833. doi: 10.1002/jor.24509. Epub 2019 Nov 14.

Fiorentino NM, et al. Soft Tissue Artifact Causes Significant Errors in the Calculation of Joint Angles and Range of Motion at the Hip. Gait Posture. 2017 Jun; 55:184-190. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.03.033.

Handsfield GG, Knaus KR, Fiorentino NM, et al. Adding Muscle Where You Need It: Non-uniform Hypertrophy Patterns in Elite Sprinters. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2016 Jul 4. doi: 10.1111/sms.12723.

Fiorentino NM, et al. Computational models predict larger muscle tissue strains at faster sprinting speeds. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Apr; 46(4):776-86. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000172. PMID: 24145724.

Nicolo Fiorentino

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Biomechanics, Orthopaedics, Medical Imaging, Motion Capture, Multibody Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia


  • (802) 656-8082
Office Location:

Votey 231B

  1. MIOB Lab

Courses Taught

  • ME 012 Dynamics
  • ME 206 Biomechanics of Human Motion
  • BME 296 Biomedical Imaging Systems