Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Chair of Training and Movement Sciences

Dr. Alessandro Santuz

14 Alessandro 0907 TOP finPhone: +49 30 209346253
Room: 1.28, Philippstraße 13, Haus 11


Alessandro studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Padua and took his Master’s Degree in 2009. From 2006 to 2013 he worked as a Motorsport Race Engineer, with a specialisation in Race car’s Vehicle Dynamics and Suspension System design. From January 2013 to December 2016 he worked at his PhD within the framework of the Elsa-Neumann scholarship in the department of Training and Movement Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In January 2017 he became a scientific employee and continued his PhD in the department. In May 2018 he completed his PhD graduating with highest honours. Alessandro won a postdoctoral research fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and from March 2019 until July 2020 he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Medical Neuroscience, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). Since August 2020 he is Academic Guest at the Laboratory for Movement Biomechanics, ETH Zurich (Switzerland) for a joint project with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research is focused on the assessment of the modular control of walking and running in vertebrates (humans and mice) using the concept of muscle synergies in both steady and unsteady conditions. Alessandro makes use of specific devices, such as uneven-surface or actuated treadmills, moving platforms, etc., to create unexpected perturbations during locomotion. Putting the central nervous system under stress creates the need for an increased robustness of movement control, which can be studied to better understand the underlying control strategies. Complementary approaches: fractal analysis, local dynamic stability (maximum Lyapunov exponent), energy cost estimation, muscle-tendon unit interaction, muscle fascicle behaviour.


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