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.



PhD students

Kevin McDonald (LinkedIn)





Master Students

Joanna Thelen LinkedIn

Sung Won Han LinkedIn

Undergraduate students

Anshul Gupte (BME)


Kainan Liu (MechE) LinkedIn




Mrinal Ghosh (EE) LinkedIn

Lin Zhang (BME) LinkedIn



Hung Chin Lin (EE) Linkedin





Lorenzo Kinnicutt (EE) LinkedIn



Joel Aduba (BME) LinkedIn




Anjali Agrawala (BME) LinkedIn


Deema Abdel-Meguid (BME) Linkedin





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

Monika Lee (BME), Manufacturing Engineer at Boston Scientific

Kayla Anissa Benzaid (MechE)

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