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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 McDonald (LinkedIn)


Alyda Huerta (LinkedIn)
Jacob Rogatinsky (LinkedIn) Lorenzo Kinnicutt LinkedIn
Leah Gaeta (LinkedIn)


Visiting Faculty

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






Master Students

Lin Zhang (RAS) LinkedIn

Geoffrey Liu (RAS)

Piyaporn (View) Chivatanaporn (ME)

Yuchen Kang (ME)

Yixiao Jiang (ME)

Carlo Taglietti (medical student at BUSM)

Undergraduate students

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

Anushka Rathi (BME), LinkedIn

Zi Heng Lim (ME), LinkedIn

Anna Maria Moran (PHY), 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 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

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 Lincoln 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