Professor miguelam

Mechanical Engineering Dept. School of Engineering and Architecture Bioengineering Division. Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (I3A)
CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBER-BBN)
Campus Rio Ebro – Edificio Agustin de Betancourt
Maria de Luna, s/n
50018-Zaragoza (Spain)
Tel:: +34 876 55 52 52
Fax: +34 976 76 25 78
e-mail: miguelam (at)



  • Professor, University of Zaragoza, from 2010
  • Associate Professor, University of Zaragoza, 2003-2010
  • Assistant Professor, University of Zaragoza, 1999-2003
  • Lecturer Professor, University of Zaragoza, 1996-1999
  • Research Assistant, CONSI+D Grant, Mechanical Engineering Dept, 1995-1996
  • Research Assistant, Collaboration Grant, Mechanical Engineering Dept, 1994.
  • CV resume [link]

Research Topics

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Numerical modeling of soft biological tissues (focused in vascular tissue)
  • Multiscale modeling of inelastic effects of biological tissues (damage, viscoelasticity, growth and remodeling)
  • Modeling vascular diseases and interaction with medical devices (atherosclerosis)
  • Geometrically non-linear analysis, buckling modelling


A list of my publications can be obtained here (with downloadable preprints)

Research Gate:

Funded Research Projects

  • Numerical analysis and optimization of drug-eluting intravascular devices. Application to stents and balloons design for treating atherosclerosis. (Web Page)
  • Development of a computational tool for the study of fluid-solid interactions problems in a cardiovascular framework. Application to the design of a new prototype of antithrombotic filter for vena cava. (Web Page)
  • Design and development of a new prototype of an intravascular device (stent) with variable radial force for stenotic lesions of carotid arteries. (Web Page)
  • Modeling and simulation of arteries ageing due to atherosclerosis
  • Study of the anatomical and histological characteristics and biomechanical properties of the aorta during atheroma plaque growing in a murine model
  • Biomaterials for tissue engineering and drugs elution in different clinical applications
  • Characterization of cardiovascular diseases by imaging techniques
  • Decision Support Software for Orthopaedic Surgery (DESSOS)
  • DISHEART:Grid based decision support system for assisting clinical diagnosis and interventions in cardiovascular problems

Advised students

  • Javier Bayod. Biomechanical evaluation of total knee prosthesis and study of polyethylene wear. Awarded Ph. D. May 2006 (with prof. M. Doblaré)
  • Víctor Alastrué. Some inelastic problems in the modelling of blood vessels. Applications to non-physiological states and vascular surgery. Awarded Ph. D. September 2008, European Doctorate, special doctorate award (with prof. M. Doblaré)
  • Javier Martínez. Development of a numerical-experimental methodology as a support tool for the design of systems with presence of thermoplastic-metal reciprocal contacts. Awarded Ph. D. February 2010 (with Dr. M.A. Jiménez )
  • Alberto García. Experimental and Numerical Framework for Modelling Vascular Diseases and Medical Devices. Awarded Ph. D. February 2012 (with Dr. E. Peña )
  • Myriam Cilla. Mechanical effects on the atheroma plaque appearance, growth and vulnerability. Awarded Ph. D. February 2013, European Doctorate (with Dr. E. Peña )
  • Pablo Sáez. On modelling growth and remodeling in soft tissue. Awarded Ph. D. June 2013, European Doctorate (with Dr. E. Peña )
  • Marina Nicolás. Modelling of Fluid-Structure Interaction Problems for intravascular devices. Awarded Ph. D. Septiember 2015, International Doctorate (with Dr. M. Malvè)
  • Juan Antonio Peña Baquedano. Modelado y caracterización de fenómenos inelásticos para tejidos biológicos blandos. Awarded Ph. D. October 2015 (with Dr. E. Peña )
  • Octavio Aríñez Bruna. Estudio de puentes de ferrocarril históricos en la Comunidad Autónoma Aragonesa (Study of historical railroad bridges in the Aragon region). February 2016 May (with Dr. M.A. Astiz)
  • Javier Escuer Gracia. Diseño y mejora de dispositivos intravasculares recubiertos de fármaco mediante una herramienta computacional. Aplicación al diseño de stent y balones en lesiones estenóticas region. Started May 2015