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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 J. McDonald (he/him)
PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, 5th Year
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Kevin’s research explores hardware methods for controlling fluidically actuated soft robots, specifically via the use of magnetic fluids and electropermanent magnets. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Jacob Rogatinsky (he/him)
PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, 3rd Year
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Jacob’s research interests lie in surgical robotics and translational medicine. With a primary focus on the cardiovascular system, Jacob hopes that novel robotic designs and control methods will make beating-heart interventions widely accessible. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2019.


Lorenzo Kinnicutt
PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, 2nd Year
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Lorenzo’s research interests include surgical robots, soft sensing, and magnetic actuation. He joined the Morphable Biorobotics Lab as an undergraduate in 2018, then earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University in 2020.



Leah T. Gaeta (she/her)
PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, 2nd Year
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Leah’s research interests include sensing, actuation, and stiffening strategies in soft wearable and medical robotics. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Human Biology from the University of Southern California in 2013 and then came to Boston University to study engineering before pursuing her doctorate.

Pranav Sultania (he/him)
PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering, 1st Year
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Pranav’s research interests include sensing, controls, grasping, and locomotion strategies in soft robotics. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University in 2021 and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics and Control Systems) from Columbia University in 2022. He then came back to Boston University to pursue his Doctorate.


Master Students

Sean Mori Carroll (ME), LinkedIn

Anant Pathak (ME), LinkedIn

AJ Naik (ME), LinkedIn

Manvi Saxena (RAS), LinkedIn

Chisom Orakwue (BME), LinkedIn

Undergraduate students

Eva Langenbrunner (ME), LinkedIn

Megan Le (BME), LinkedIn

Kiran Gomatam (ME), LinkedIn, Clare Boothe Luce Scholar

Anushka Rathi (BME), LinkedIn

Zi Heng Lim (ME), LinkedIn

Emily Sawosik (ME), LinkedIn

Anas Alamoudi (ME), LinkedIn

Hanna Schlegel (ME), LinkedIn

Jungjae Lee (CE), LinkedIn

Aric Peng (ME), LinkedIn

Andrew Sasamori (CE), LinkedIn

Essoha Kadambaya (ME), LinkedIn

Howell Xia (ME), LinkedIn


Anushka Rathi (BME), LinkedIn, PhD student, University of Michigan

Cathy Cheng (ME), LinkedIn, PhD student, Harvard University

Yuchen Kang (ME), LinkedIn

Ziqi Wang (RAS)

Janae Oden (RAS), LinkedIn

Griffin Heyrich (CS), LinkedIn

Bryson Garriques (ME), LinkedIn

Thomas Bohac (BME), LinkedIn

Carlo Taglietti (medical student at BUSM), LinkedIn

Michael Terekhov (ME), LinkedIn, Masters of Science in Computer Science at the University of Southern California 

Yixiao Jiang (ME), LinkedIn, Mechanical Team Lead at ASML

Anna Maria Moran (PHY), LinkedIn

Megan Lee (BME), LinkedIn, Rotational Field Application Engineer at Boston Dynamics

Prof. Evren Samur, LinkedIn, Associate Professor at Boğaziçi University, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Boston University

Alyda Huerta (ME), LinkedIn

Lin Zhang (RAS), LinkedIn

Geoffrey Liu (RAS), LinkedIn

Piyaporn (View) Chivatanaporn (ME), LinkedIn

Drue Davis (ME), LinkedIn, Mechanical Engineer at District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences 

Samuel Sze (ME), LinkedIn, Robotics Trainee at Aidrivers | A*STAR Scholar 

Layan AlSharif (ME), LinkedIn, Engineer IV Saudi Aramco R&D

Pranav Sultania (ME), LinkedIn

Somtochukwu Emmanuella Okonkwo (ME), LinkedIn

Perry Thomson (ME), LinkedIn, R&D engineer at Boston Scientific

Joanna Thelen (ME),  LinkedIn

Mrinal Ghosh (EE), LinkedIn

Christopher Moore (ME)

Deema Abdel-Meguid (BME), Linkedin, Masters Program BME Columbia

Sung Won Han (ME), LinkedIn, Systems Engineer at Fresenius Medical Care North America

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

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

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

Kainan Liu (ME), 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 (ME), 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 (ME), LinkedIn, Developer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory

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

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

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

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

Joel Aduba (BME), LinkedIn

Anshul Gupte (BME), LinkedIn