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Gabriele Dubini received his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering cum laude in 1988 and his PhD in Bioengineering in 1993 from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Between Oct. 1988 and Jan. 1990 he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Technical Corps of the Italian Army in Rome and Terni. In 1993 and 1994 he worked as a Research Assistant in the Cardiothoracic Unit of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children - NHS Trust in London, UK.
From 1996 to 2001 he was an Assistant Professor of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at the Energy Engineering Department of Politecnico di Milano. He was an Associate Professor (2001-07) in Industrial Bioengineering at the Department of Structural Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.
Since May 2007 he has been a Full Professor in Industrial Bioengineering, first at Department of Structural Engineering and, since 2013 at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering ‘Giulio Natta’.
From 2003 to 2007 he was the Director of the Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics (LaBS), established on the 4th February 2000 at Politecnico di Milano. He was a member of the Scientific Panel of the Coordination Centre on NanoBiotechnologies and Nanomedicine at Politecnico di Milano from 2007 to 2012. From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Council of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB, www.esbiomech.org) and the Secretary-General for the 2010-12 biennium. From 2010 to 2016 he represented Politecnico di Milano in the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Sciences (EAMBES, eambes.org/).
He was elected EAMBES Fellow (Class of 2019) in Dec. 2018.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy (www.fondazionepolitecnico.it), in the years 2016-19.
He was the Deputy Head of the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering ‘Giulio Natta’ in the years 2017-19.
Most of Gabriele Dubini’s research activity has dealt with experimental and computational Biomechanics. At the beginning it was aimed at applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to the microcirculation (subject of his PhD thesis), to the haemodynamic optimisation of blood circulation after paediatric cardiac surgery procedures and to heat and mass transfer in tissues and medical devices. Since the start of his activities at LaBS in 2001, Gabriele Dubini got also interested to the study and mechanical characterisation of materials, namely porous materials and shape memory alloys, as well as towards solid mechanics modelling of the behaviour of medical devices. He dealt mainly with orthodontic arches and wires, stents (balloon-expandable and self-expandable stents, drug eluting stents) as well as devices for angioplasty. Later on Gabriele Dubini got involved into regenerative medicine research, regarding both the investigation on mechanical properties of natural articular cartilage and engineered cartilage and the design of scaffolds and bioreactors for cell culture. His most recent research interests are in the field of design and characterization of microfluidic devices for medical and biotechnological applications.