Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, University of Milan (Italy)
09/2016 – 08/2017 – Calgary, Canada
Physiology and biomechanics of graded running (Principal Supervisor)
Gianluca completed his PhD at the University of Milan examining the physiological and performance profile of endurance athletes. During his PhD, he actively collaborated with Kenyan marathon runners during the four-year period leading to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Most recently, he was the head of strength and conditioning for the Italian snowboard and freestyle team in the four-year period preceding the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. From 2012 to 2013, he held a Post-Doctoral Research position at the University of Verona (Italy), where his research examined the physiological and biomechanical changes associated with ultra-running. From 2013 to 2016, he was a non-tenure track Assistant Professor at the University of Milan, where his research examined the physiological and biomechanical changes associated with ultra-running. From 2016 to 2017, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Human Performance Laboratory in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary (Canada), under the supervision of Prof. Millet, where he studied fatigue during ultra-endurance exercises, neurophysiological and biomechanical changes during graded running exercise, as well as he conducted projects related to fundamental work on neuromuscular fatigue (with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of neuromuscular fatigue and recovery in upper- and lower-limb muscles).
In June 2020, he had published 4 book chapters, 1 ebook and over 50 journal articles (cited > 600 times), his H index was 14. His research interests lie in the areas of the neurophysiological and biomechanical changes associated with running and ultra-running, as well as on better understanding the neuromuscular fatigue in response to exercise, particularly on the inter-limb differences.