Fabrizio Billi, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials

  • Biomechanics

  • Tribology

  • Orthopedic Implants

  • Artificial Joints

  • Hip

  • Knee

  • Wear Particle Characterization

Research Interests, cont. :

  • Nanomaterials

  • Retrieval Analysis

  • Failure Analysis

  • Non-destructive Analysis (Ultrasounds, Acoustic Emission, Liquid Penetrant, Low Coherence Interferometry, X-Ray)

  • Metal Alloys

  • Ceramic Materials

  • Polymeric Materials

  • Composite Materials

  • Mechanical Testing

  • Corrosion Testing

  • Radio Tracer and Thin Layer Activation

  • Sensor Fusion and Structural Health Monitoring

  • Wireless Health


Doctoral Degree

  • PhD, Materials Engineering – Biomaterials and Biomechanics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, 2000

Masters Degree

  • MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, 1995


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

  • American Society of Metals (ASM)Society for Biomaterials (SFB)

  • European Society for Biomaterials (ESB)

  • Foresight Institute

  • Italian Association of Materials Engineering (AIMAT)

  • Italian Society of Biomechanics in the Orthopaedic and Traumatological Field

  • Italian Society for Biomaterials

  • Italian Professional Engineers Association

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)

  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)

Awards and Recognition

  • Invited chair of Session 28 “Bone Failure Mechanisms and Assessment”, International Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, 2013

  • Stein Oppenheimer Award – University of California Los Angeles, 2012

  • Lloyd Taylor Award – Western Orthopaedic Association, 2011

  • June Marshall Award – Extraordinary Achievement in Orthopaedic Research – Orthopaedic Hospital, 2008

  • Elinor Barry Fellowship – Orthopaedic Hospital (for 3 consecutive years), 2002-2004

  • Marie Curie Fellowship – European Commission (3 years), 1998-2000

  • Italian Government Doctorate Fellowship (4 years), 1996-1999

  • Cavalieri del Lavoro (Italian top Industrialists) Fellowship (for six consecutive years), 1982-1987

Research and Publications:

  1. A. Kavanaugh, T. Schmalzried and F Billi Factors Influencing the Initial Strength of the Tibial Tray-Cement Interface Bond Bone Joint J, 2013 vol. 95-B no. SUPP 34 98

  2. F Billi, C Iglesias, E Onofre, RM Lozano, B Perez-Maceda, JC Rubio, ML Escudero, MC Garcia-Alonso Characterization of Oxidized TIAlV after Fretting-Corrosion Tests Using Near-Field Microscopy British Journal of Surgery 2013, 100, 13-16

  3. Pedowitz RA, Billi F, Kavanaugh A, Colbert A, Liu S, Savoie FH, You Z. Arthroscopic surgical tools: a source of metal particles and possible joint damage.

  4. Stavrakis AI, Niska JA, Loftin AH, Billi F, Bernthal NM Understanding Infection: A Primer on Animal Models of Periprosthetic Joint Infection. ScientificWorldJournal. 2013 Sep 22;2013:925906. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/925906

  5. RA Pedowitz, F Billi, A Kavanaugh, A Colbert, S Liu, FH Savoie, Z You Micro-particles From Arthroscopic Tools May Induce A Pathologic Cascade Mediated by Synoviocytes Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 29 (6), e10-e10 (SS-20); doi:10.1016/j.arthro.2013.03.027

  6. A. Kavanaugh, P.Benya, F.Billi A Method to isolate and characterize metal debris from synovial fluid and periprosthetic tissue ASTM – STP1560 August 2012

  7. Zhang D, Page JR, Kavanaugh AE, Billi F. A New Method for Shape and Texture Classification of Orthopedic Wear Nanoparticles. J Appl Biomater Function Mater. 2012 Sep 27;10(2):e141-8. doi: 10.5301/JABFM.2012.9680.

  8. Niska JA, Shahbazian JH, Ramos RI, JR Pribaz, F Billi, KP. Francis, and LS. Miller Daptomycin and Tigecycline Have Broader Effective Dose Ranges than Vancomycin as Prophylaxis against a Staphylococcus aureus Surgical Implant Infection in Mice. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. May 1, 2012;56(5):2590-2597.

  9. F. Billi, E. Onofre, E. Ebramzadeh, T. Palacios, M.L. Escudero, M.C. Garcia-Alonso Characterization of modified Ti6Al4V alloy after fretting–corrosion tests using near-field microscopy Surface and Coatings Technology, Available online 27 September 2012, ISSN 0257-8972, 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2012.09.034

  10. Ascenzi MG, Liao VP, Lee BM, Billi F, Zhou H, Lindsay R, Cosman F, Nieves J, Bilezikian JP, Dempster DW. Parathyroid hormone treatment improves the cortical bone micro-structure by improving the distribution of type I collagen in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. J Bone Miner Res. 2011 Dec 8. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1497. [Epub ahead of print]