Sara Manzano Martínez

Visiting Ph.D. Candidate
Mudd 134A
(212) 854-4259

Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal tissue engineering
  • Computational modelling of tissues
  • Bioengineering knowledge transfer to business and industry


  • B.S. Zaragoza University, Mechanical Engineering, 2010
  • M.S. Aragon Institute of Engineering Research, Biomedical Engineering, 2011
  • M.Phil. Zaragoza University, 2012

Work Experience

  • Academic visitor, Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford, 2013
  • Teaching assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Zaragoza University, Spain, 2014

Born and educated in Zaragoza, Spain. Sara is developing her Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering in 3D computational simulation of cartilage behaviour. Currently, she collaborates with Dr. Gerard Ateshian's Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory to study the effect of external bath pH on articular cartilage swelling. Her research interests include development and FE implementation of constitutive models for hard and soft tissues, interaction between tissues and biomaterials, and mechanobiological models for cellular processes. Sara is especially interested in clinical applications of biomedical research and developing processes for bioengineering companies. When outside of lab, Sara enjoys studying her own cartilage in amazing Yoga sessions in Central Park and taking photos of stunning landscapes.

Manzano, S., Gaffney, EA., Doblaré, M., and Hamdy Doweidar, M., 2014. Cartilage dysfunction in ALS patients as side effect of motion loss: 3D mechano-electrochemical computational model. BioMed Research International, vol. 2014, Article ID 179070, 13 pages, 2014. PMCID: PMC24991537, PubMed.

Manzano S, Poveda-Reyes S, Ferrer GG, Ochoa I, Hamdy Doweidar M., 2014. Computational analysis of cartilage implants based on an interpenetrated polymer network for tissue repairing. Comput Methods Programs Biomed., vol. 2014, pii: S0169-2607(14)00208-9. PMCID: PMC24997064, PubMed.

Conference Abstracts

Manzano, S., Doweidar, M.H., Ochoa I., and Doblaré. M., 2013. A computational and experimental analysis on fibroblast contraction on a hydrogel synthetic extracellular matrix. V Conference on Computational Methods for Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (COUPLED 2013). Ibiza, Spain.

Manzano, S., Herrero, L., Pelegay, C., Plazas, C.E., Gómez-Tejedor, J.A., Perilla, J.E., Gómez-Ribelles, J.L. and Doblaré, M., 2013. Toward a synthetic cartilage-like scaffold. European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Science and Engineering (ECCOMAS). Vienna, Austria.

Doweidar, M.H., Manzano, S., Moreno-Loshuertos, R., Ochoa I., and Doblaré M., 2012. Modelling of hydrogel extracellular matrix deformation caused by embedded cells. European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Science and Engineering (ECCOMAS). Vienna, Austria.

Manzano, S., Moreno-Loshuertos, R., Doblaré, M., Ochoa I., and Doweidar. M.H., 2012. Computational modelling of collagen hydrogel behaviour due to embedded human fibroblasts. I Meeting of the Spanish National Chapter of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB). Zaragoza, Spain.

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