Dr Alberto Marzo

Dr Alberto MarzoLecturer
Bioengineering 3rd Year Tutor
Course Director of Mechanical Engineering with Biomechanics
Bioengineering Theme Lead (Biomedical Engineering)

Department of Mechanical Engineering 
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 0155

Email: a.marzo@sheffield.ac.uk


Dr Marzo is a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield.

Dr Marzo has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Italy, and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. In the early stages of his PhD he was awarded the David Crighton Fellowship, and spent one year of his doctoral studies at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, the University of Cambridge. Here he investigated the theory behind flow-induced oscillations in elastic vessels.

In 2011-12 he worked as a Principal Research Scientist for the NHS to support technology development, dissemination, and adoption, for people with long-term disabilities.

Dr Marzo's research area stands at the interface between the physical and life sciences. It is firmly rooted in engineering and mathematics in the context of computational fluid mechanics, including state-of-the-art fluid-structure interaction, and cardiovascular biomechanics, but has a strong emphasis on clinical interpretation and translation of engineering technologies into clinical tools.


  • MEC320/6320 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MEC434 Biomechanics of the Cardiovascular System

Research Interests

  • Numerical modelling of wall motion in cardiovascular applications
  • Image-based computational vascular haemodynamics
  • Minimally invasive image-based interventional planning and guidance
  • Influence of haemodynamics on cardiovascular disease
  • Influence of lifestyle on haemodynamics and cardiovascular disease
  • Fluid structure interaction and flow-induced oscillations in elastic vessels

Current available PhDs

An efficient computational approach to guide intervention in treatment of stroke

Current Research Grants

  • 2013-17 VPH-DARE@IT (EU FP7 - ICT) - Large-scale Intergated Project (IP) on patient-specific predictive models for early diagnosis of dementias and their evolution (co-investigator, PI Prof Alejandro Frangi)
  • 2014-15 NHS/EPSRC Urinary catheters: a more efficient and dignified solution for patients suffering from urinary incontinence (Principal Investigator)

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Di Marco LY, Marzo A & Frangi A (2013) Multichannel foetal heartbeat detection by combining source cancellation with expectation-weighted estimation of fiducial points. Computing in Cardiology, Vol. 40 (pp 329-332)
  • Mangera A, Marzo A, Heron N, Fernando D, Abdel-Maguid MM, Hameed K, Soliman A, Bradley M, Hosking I & Chapple C (2012) DEVELOPMENT AND ASSESSMENT OF TWO ELECTRONIC BLADDER DIARIES; A PILOT STUDY. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, Vol. 31(6) (pp 770-771)
  • Barber DC, Hartwell J, Naylor S, Marzo A & Hose DR (2009) Determination of Wall Strain in Model Cerebral Aneurysms by Image Registration. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCEMENTS OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 26 (pp 283-286)
  • Marzo A, Luo XY & Bertram CD (2005) Three-dimensional collapse and steady flow in thick-walled flexible tubes. JOURNAL OF FLUIDS AND STRUCTURES, Vol. 20(6) (pp 817-835)