Paola Contessa, Ph.D.

Paola ContessaResearch Scientist

Boston University
NeuroMuscular Research Center
19 Deerfield Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 358-0715 Telephone
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Dr. Paola Contessa received a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Padova, Padova, Italy. During her Ph.D., she was appointed as visiting Research Assistant at the NeuroMuscular Research Center, Boston University, Boston, USA.

She is currently a Research Scientist at the Neuromuscular Research Center at Boston University and is responsible for supervising their Motor Unit Laboratory, where her research focuses on motor control and muscle force generation strategies.   

Selected Recent Publications

1) Hierarchical control of motor units in voluntary contractions. De Luca CJ, Contessa P. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107: 178-195, 2012. (pdf)

2) Control of motor units during voluntary force-production: implications for exercise. De Luca CJ, Contessa P, Nawab SH. Vilas-Boas, Machado, Kim, Veloso (eds.) Biomechanics in Sports, Portuguese Journal of Sport Sciences 11 (Suppl. 2), 2011. (pdf)

3) A model of motoneuron behavior and muscle-force generation for sustained isometric contractions. Contessa P, Nawab SH, De Luca CJ. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 4072:4075, 2011. (pdf)

4) Motor unit control and force fluctuation during fatigue. Contessa P, Adam A, and De Luca CJ. Journal of Applied Physiology, 107:235-243, 2009. (pdf)