Sara Finocchietti received her master’s degree in Biomedical engineering from the University of Genoa in 2007. In the same year, she joined the Center of Sensory Motor Interaction (SMI) at Aalborg University (Denmark) as PhD student. Her research activity mainly concerned the development and optimization of medical devices for the assessment musculoskeletal pain. These studies were coupled with basic science studies on biomechanics and neuroscience. During her doctorate period, she spent 2 months in Japan, working under the supervision of Prof. Mizumura at Nagoya University working on MRI for pain assessment.
Sara received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from Aalborg University in 2011.
From October 2010 to May 2014 she has been working as Research assistant professor at Aalborg University working with Prof. Lars Arendt-Nielsen on the development and clinical testing of technological biomarkers for assessing musculoskeletal pain in collaboration with hospitals, medtech companies and local CROs. She was also the research responsible of a large proof of concept study on knee osteoarthritis patients.
Since June 2014 she has been working as a Senior Postdoc at the Italian Institute of Technology mainly in the FP7 ABBI Project (ABBI) in collaboration with Dr. Monica Gori and a multidisciplinary group (psychologists, neuroscientists, engineers). In ABBI she led the clinical development and evaluation of the main medical device in visually impaired children from the first year of age. She is now in charge of the technical documentation for obtianing the CE mark and optimization for market release. In parallel she started to develop sport technology for visually impaired people in collaboration with the Electronic Design Laboratory in IIT.
Sara Finocchietti is author of more than 30 peer-review journal and conference articles that cover a wide range of topics as technology development, sensory assessment, rehabilitation, and cognitive neuroscience.
Sara has also an extensive international experience, having lived in Italy, Denmark, Japan, Germany, and France.