The Catholic University of America

Diego Turo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering
(202) 319-6669 phone
(202) 319-5173 fax



M.Sc. (5-year degree) in Aerospace Engineering, University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy), 2006

Ph.D. in Acoustics, University of Salford (United Kingdom), 2011


Diego Turo’s research interests are in the area of acoustics and vibrations. In particular, modeling linear and nonlinear sound propagation in complex media, including inorganic porous materials like gravel, asphalt, and fiberglass as well as organic materials like grass, and human tissues (i.e. muscles, liver and kidney). Prior to joining CUA, he was research assistant professor at the Bioengineering department at George Mason University, Fairfax VA, where he worked on ultrasonic techniques for mechanical characterization of muscle tissue in vivo.
Representative Publications

D. Turo, Paul Otto, Murad Hossain, Tadese Gebreab, Katee Armstrong, William F. Rosenberger, Hui Shao, Jay Shah, Lynn Gerber, Siddhartha Sikdar, "Novel use of ultrasound elastography to quantify muscle tissue changes after dry needling of myofascial trigger points in patients with chronic myofascial pain." Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, (under review).

Lynn Gerber, Siddhartha Sikdar, Katee Armstrong, Guoqing Diao, Juliana Heimur, John Kopecky, D. Turo, Paul Otto, Tadese Gebreab, Jay Shah, "A Systematic Comparison Between Subjects with No Pain and Pain Associated with Active Myofascial Trigger Points." PM&R, 2013.

D. Turo, O. Umnova, "Influence of Forchheimers Nonlinearity and Transient Effeects on Pulse Propagation in Air Saturated Rigid Granular Materials." J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 2013.

D. Turo, P. Otto, J. Shah, J. Hammond, T. Gebreab, M. Zaazhoa, L. Gerber, S. Sikdar, Ultrasonic Characterization of the Upper Trapezius Muscle in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain. Ultrasonic Imaging, 2013.

J. Ballyns, D. Turo, P. Otto, J. Shah, J. Hammond, T. Gebreab, L. Gerber, S. Sikdar, Office-based Elastography Technique for Quantifying Mechanical Properties of Skeletal Muscle. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 2012.

D. Turo, O. Umnova, Time Domain Modelling of Sound Propagation in Porous Media and the Role of Shape Factors. ACTA Acustica united with Acustica, 2010.

O. Umnova, D. Turo, Time domain formulation of the equivalent fluid model for rigid porous media. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 2009.