I am currently a senior researcher at the Institute for Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT), School of Medicine, University of Dundee, UK.
I was the Co-PI of CARPE, an European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept (PoC), with the aim of developing a new generation of flexible compliant active endoscopes by using a novel and articulated and miniaturized joint.
I received my MSc degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pisa, and PhD at the Biorobotics Institute, Pisa, Italy.
I was awarded of the prestigious SAGES Foundation Felicien M Steichen Surgical Innovation Award at the SAGES Congress, and in 2016 awarded a prize for the CARPE oral presentation in the Emerging Technology session in the SAGES Congress. I was invited as a keynote speaker in the scientific session - Innovative Devices at the Annual EAES Congress in June 2016.
My main research focuses on the designs of medical mini robot for screening endoscopy for common cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, and mini robots for surgical operations based on smart materials (e.g. shape memory alloys (SMA) and soft polymers) for flexible and compliant mechanism.