Assistant Professor
ImagEngLab PI

Maria Francesca Spadea graduated in 2002 in Mechanical Engineer at University of Calabria and she received a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineer in 2006 from Politecnico di Milano University. Since 2007, she has been Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine of Magna Graecia University where she teach Medical Imaging, Bioengineering and Health Risk Managment. In 2008, she became a member of the Bioengineering PhD committee. She actively collaborate with the CartCas Laboratory of Politecnico di Milano University,  with the European Institute of Oncology of Milano and with the Radiation Oncology Department  (Physics Division) of Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Medical School (Boston), in the field of “Image Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy”. Since 2011 she has started a collaboration with Neurologic Institute at CNR in Catanzaro, in the field of the neuroimaging and in 2013 with the haemodynamics group of University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro. She won several awards, the most prestigious being the Fulbright Fellowship in the Research Scholar category.
Her main research interests are the implementation and the validation of computational methodologies in the biomedical field for supporting diagnosis and therapy. Research lines can be summarized as following:
-     Optical localization for patient positioning in          radiotherapy and in surgery
-     Surface registration
-     Neural Network based approach for physiological events modeling
-     4D image reconstruction
-     Medical image fusion and registration
-     US feautures tracking
-     Gated imaging (ECG based and respiratory monitoring based)
She is author of 22 papers published on peer reviewed international journals besides more than 50 abstracts and short papers presented at international conferences.

 Francesco AmatoFull Professor
 amatoFrancesco Amato was born in Naples on February 2, 1965. He received the Laurea and the PhD Degree both in Electronic Engineering from the University of Naples in 1990 and 1994 respectively. From 2001 to 2003 he has been Full Professor of Automatic Control at the University of Reggio Calabria. In 2003 he moved to the University of Catanzaro, where, since 2010, he is Professor of Bioengineering. He is currently the Dean of the School of Computer and Biomedical Engineering, the Coordinator of the Doctorate School in Biomedical and Computer Engineering, the Director of the Biomechatronics Laboratory and the Director of the Master in Clinical Engineering at the University of Catanzaro. The scientific activity of Francesco Amato has developed in the fields of systems and control theory with applications to the contexts of the computational biology and of the modeling and control of biomedical systems. He has published more than 200 papers and two monographies with Springer Verlag entitled "Robust Control of Linear Systems subject to Uncertain Time-Varying Parameters" and "Finite-Time Stability and Control".

 Paolo Zaffino



Paolo received his master degree cum laude in Biomedical Engineer from Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro (Italy) in 2011. After that, in the same University, he got a PhD in Bioengineering and, in 2015, he become a PostDoc. He was also a visiting PhD student at Massachusetts General Hospital, – Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA). His topics of interest are medical image registration and medical image segmentation, for clinical applications in radiotherapy and neuroscience fields.

Since 2009 he became a Plastimatch ( developer. He gave also his contribution to SlicerRT ( and ITK ( projects.

Salvatore Scaramuzzino

 PhD Student


As an engineer, Salvatore likes to work with numbers, since they give him confidence. But he is also attracted by images, numerical images (of course!), because of the expressive power and the density of information that an image can include. He thinks that medical imaging is the most revolutionary approach in human healthcare. Therefore, he is very interested in investigating all the possible techniques to represent human anatomy and physiology, from physical principles to data process.

Consequently, his interests mainly focus on medical image analysis finalized to discovery and quantification of biomarkers.

During his master degree's thesis, he had the opportunity to work in the field of radiotherapy

He also firmly believes that the healthcare system is one of the most complex environment and, consequently, requires special attentions in decisions planning and management, in order to ensure maximum safety for patient and healthcare operators. So, his research and professional activities also includes Clinical Engineering topics, such as Health Technology Assessment, hospital-related plants and electrical safety in medicine.

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 Giampaolo Pileggi

 PhD Student

 Giampaolo Pileggi received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2009 at University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro. After that he attended the Politecnico of Milano, receiving the Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, specializing  in the field of Biomechanics and Biomaterials .

For his Master’s degree thesis project he collaborated with Invatec Medtronic in the development of a Finite Element Model of the angioplasty balloons production process, named Stretch Blow Molding. The project is currently active in order to obtain improvements in the newly created model.

He’s now A PhD student at University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, in the field of Molecular Oncology and Innovative Technologies.

He’s interested mainly in biomechanical design, and is starting to approach the medical imaging field.

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 Davide LimardiBSc Student
limardiDavide is currently working on his BSc thesis @imagenglab. He is investigating a new approach for atlas selection in MABS applications. The technique relies on features detection on CT images based on morphology in the Head and Neck district.

Marzia RestucciaBSc Student 
 Being awarded with an Erasmus Placement travel grant, Marzia spent 3 months at CIBM (Cèntre d'Imagerie Biomedicale) in Lausanne (Switzerland). There, she learnt fMRI techniques, taking part in experimental acquisitions on phantoms and voluntary subjects. She is currently going on with this work and her BSc work focuses on the optimization of strategies for fMRI data acquisition and analysis such as: investigation on best flip angle, data preprocessing for calculation of activation maps, compensation of breathing and heartbeat artifacts.

Vincenzo GrilloBSc Student 

Vincenzo was selected for an external internship in the framework of the project “Messaggeri della Conoscenza”. He spent two months at Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Medical School in Boston (MA, USA) where he was involved in the generation of a synthetic phantom to be used for dose calculation purpose. He is now continuing is project for his BSc thesis by generating proton radiography projections from the phantom for dose modelling with Geant4.

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