Ramon y Cajal Researcher
Departament de Tecnologies de la Informació i les Comunicacions
Principal Investigator Biomechanics and Mechanobiology

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Roc Boronat, 138 08018 Barcelona


Jérôme Noailly holds a Bachelor degree in Physical Chemistry, an Engineer and a Master degree in Material Science, and a Master degree in Acoustics. In 2002, he started a PhD in spine computational biomechanics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (UPC), Spain and mainly focussed on the development and validation of the most critical theoretical approximations towards reliable models for the exploration of the internal biomechanics of the lumbar spine. In 2009, his work received the Best PhD Thesis award in Engineering from the UPC. 

In 2006 Jérôme was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship (MECNOR-MEIF-CT-2006-518768) and worked in computational mechanobiology and hydrogel mechanics for cartilage tissue engineering at the AO Research Institute (AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland) and at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands). In 2009, he went back to Barcelona with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie reintegration grant (SEVBIOM-PERG05-GA-2009-249210) and retook spine modelling activities at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain. In 2010, Jérôme co-led a sucessful European research proposal, My Spine (FP7-269909), and in 2012 he became the head of the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology group at IBEC. From 2012 to 2015, he expanded the research of the group to the field of computational systems biology, in the framework of the European project The Grail (FP7-278557).

In 2015, Jérôme relocated at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), along with his team, in his quality as principal investigator of the Multiscale and Computational Biomechanics and Mechanobiology (MBIOMM) group (2014-SGR-1616). As a member of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies and SIMBIOSys group at UPF, he generated synergies to integrate medical image analysis and machine learning dimensions into the MBIOMM activities. At the same time, he was consolidating the combination of computational systems biology approaches and biomechanical /multiphysics modelling, for multiscale explorations of tissues and organs, in health and disease. In 2016, Jérôme was awarded a Ramon y Cajal fellowship (RYC-2015-18888) from the Spanish government, and he is currently the Principal Investigator of the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Area of the Barcelona Centre for New Medical Technologies (BCN MedTech - 2017-SGR-1386).

Jérôme has been supervising four PhD theses (three have been defended) and more than 20 master theses/final year projects. In 2014 and 2018, two of his PhD students, Andrea Malandrino and Themis Toumanidou were selected for the best PhD Thesis award in Engineering from the UPC. He has more than 100 contributions to congresses, two chapters in book series, and he has published 30 articles in international journals, 60% of which are in Q1 journals. He was selected to give a total of six invited, keynote, and plenary talks at the World Congress of Biomechanics, the World Congress on Computational Mechanics, the VPH Conference, the EMI Conference, and the Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics.

Jérôme has taught materials technology and material mechanics at the UPC, and he is teaching continuum mechanics, biomaterials and musculoskeletal system modelling at the UPF, Barcelona, Spain. He is member of the Council of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB), past president of the Spanish National Chapter of the ESB (CAP-ESB), and Chair of the PhD Committee of the Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHi). He has participated in a total of seven European projects, having been the principal investigator of one of them, and in the last five years, he have been promoter or (co)PI of six national grants and six research contracts with both hospitals and companies.


Materials technology and materials mechanics (UPC, 2010-2013).

Biomechanics (Continuum mechanics), Biomaterials, Musculoskeletal System Modelling, Computational Therapies (UPF, 2014-Present).