Marie-Christine Ho Ba Tho is Full Professor in Mechanics since 1998 at UTC (Université de Technologie de Compiègne) and she is currently Head of Research at UTC. She was the Head of the Biomechanics and Bioengineering Laboratory associated with CNRS (Centre National de la Rercherche Scientifique) from 2008 to 2017.
She received a Master in Physics in 1985 and Post Diploma in Radiological Physics 1986 from Université Paul Sabatier (UPS) at Toulouse, France. After her PhD in Biomechanics in 1989 at UPS she moved to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children as a postdoctoral fellow until 1992. She returned to France at the INSERM (National Insitute of Health and Medical Research) U305 laboratory at Toulouse, with an INSERM researcher position until 1998.
Her research interest concerns Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system especially children deformities and adult arthroplasties. Methodologies developed are Bone and Joints modeling and characterization coupled with medical imaging techniques. She introduced the development of numerical models with individualized mechanical and geometric properties derived from medical images and the multiscale characterization of the musculo-skeletal system (organ, tissue, cellular and molecular levels). Most of her research are performed in collaboration with companies and clinicians (orthopaedics and radiologists). Recently her work is focused in the modelling of uncertainties of biomechanics data, their propagation in the development of medical computer aided system diagnosis.
She served as a council member of the ESB (European Society of Biomechanics) 1996-2004 and was vice president (2000-04). Since 2006, she is a member of the World Council for Biomechanics. She was Vice President of Board of Directors of UTC from 2009-2011 and president of Restricted Committee Board of DIrectors from 2009-2013.
She was nominated at the National Committee of CNRS from 2002-2008 (Biomechanics, Bioengineering), at the CNU (University National Committee) (Mechanics) 2008-2010, and was elected for the term 2016-2020.
She was nominated at the Scientific Board at the Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS) of CNRS from 2010-2014 and led the first Collegium UTC CNRS INSIS (INstitut des Sciences de l'Ingénierie et des Systèmes) from 2010-2016.
She is participating as an expert and committe evaluation member in the National Agency of Education and Research Evaluation (AERES), and National Agency of Research (ANR) and international funding agencies (NSERC, FNRS, FNS, BMBF...).
She enters in the National Order of the Legion of Honor with the grade of « Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur » (Knight of the Legion of Honour) (July 2017).