Tommaso Ranzani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and in the Division of Materials Science and Engineering at Boston University. His research focuses on exploring different technologies and developing manufacturing paradigms to design and fabricate innovative robotic systems. His main research area is soft robotics. He has explored soft robotic technologies to develop novel manipulators, which integrate design principles from biological systems to perform advanced procedures in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). He is interested in expanding the potential of soft robots across different scales to develop novel reconfigurable soft-bodied robots.

Prof. Ranzani received a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy. He did his Ph.D. at the BioRobotics Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies under the supervision of Prof. Arianna Menciassi on soft mechatronic devices for MIS, working in the framework of the STIFF-FLOP European project. In 2014, he joined the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a postdoctoral fellow. He worked in the Harvard Microrobotics Lab (Prof. Robert J. Wood) and the Harvard Biodesign Lab (Prof. Conor Walsh). In his postdoctoral research, he explored advanced manufacturing technologies for novel medical devices. His research focuses on soft meso- and micro-scale reconfigurable robotic devices integrating microfluidic capabilities and exploiting layer-by-layer manufacturing processes.



Ph.D. students

Kevin McDonald (LinkedIn)


Alyda Huerta (LinkedIn)
Jacob Rogatinsky (LinkedIn)


Master Students

Joanna Thelen LinkedIn

Sung Won Han LinkedIn

Lin Zhang LinkedIn

Lorenzo Kinnicutt (EE) LinkedIn



Perry Thomson

Kevin Peng

Undergraduate students


Deema Abdel-Meguid (BME) Linkedin



Drue Davis (ME) LinkedIn

Mrinal Ghosh (EE) LinkedIn


Stephanie Woodsman (ME) LinkedIn, Ph.D. student at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Anjali Agrawala (BME) LinkedIn, Ph.D. student at Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Hung Chin Lin (EE) LinkedIn, Master Student at the University of Tokyo (IME Graduate Program, Mechanical Engineering)

Kainan Liu (MechE) LinkedIn, Master Student at the University of Pennsylvania (Mechanical Engineering)

Justin Gonzalez (ME) LinkedIn, Master student at Berkley (Nuclear Engineering)

Liam Doran (ME) Linkedin, Master student at Berkley (Mechanical Engineering)

Alexander Yin (MechE) LinkedIn, Ph.D. student at the University of Rhode Island, Department of Ocean Engineering

Monika Lee (BME) LinkedIn, Manufacturing Engineer at Boston Scientific

Kayla Anissa Benzaid (MechE) LinkedIn, Developer at MIT Lincon Laboratory

Siva Tejaswi Irkm (MechE) LinkedInAutomation and Control Design Engineer at Sensata Technologies

Lena Sabidussi (MechE) LinkedIn, Ph.D. student at Princeton

Charlotte Cathcart (MechE), Ph.D. student at Princeton

Kimberly Kroupa (MechE) LinkedIn, Ph.D. student at Columbia University

Joel Aduba (BME) LinkedIn

Anshul Gupte (BME) LinkedIn