Lab News

Tiny robots could help infants with rare diseases. Watch one in action (January 2018)
Our robotic implant published in Science Robotics is featured in Science Magazine News.
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Hamlyn Symposium Workshop (June 2017)
We are organizing a workshop at the 2017 Hamlyn Symposium for Medical Robotics entitled First in Human consisting of a series of personal narratives by researchers who have taken their work from the lab bench to human trials.
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Lab Alum Wins NSF Career Award (January 2016)
Aaron Becker, now an Assistant Professor at U. Houston received an NSF Career Award for his proposal entitled Massive Uniform Manipulation: Algorithmic and Control Theoretic Foundations for Large Populations of Simple Robots Controlled by Uniform Inputs

Self-Assembling Robotic Gun Will Shoot Through Tissue Inside Your Body (June 2015)
Our research on MRI-powered Gauss guns is featured in IEEE Spectrum.
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21st-century medicine: Gauss guns, magic bullets, and magnetic millibot surgeons (June 2015)
Our research on MRI-powered Gauss guns is featured in ExtremeTech.
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ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper / Best Conference Paper Finalist (April 2015)
Our paper, Toward Tissue Penetration by MRI-powered Millirobots Using a Self-Assembled Gauss Gun, by A. Becker, O. Felfoul and P. Dupont, was named a finalist for the Best Medical Robotics Paper and Best Conference Paper Awards at IEEE ICRA 2015.

CyborgRx: How Smart Implants Could Change Medicine (February 2015)
Our research on robotic implants is cited on NBC News.
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Heart ops shrink thanks to surgeon in your vein (October 2014)
Our research on beating heart intracardiac surgery is featured in New Scientist.
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Lab Member Ali Ataollahi is Co-Winner of Boston Children’s Hospital Shark Tank Competition (October 2014)
Ali and cardiology fellow, Sarah Goldberg, were first place co-winners for their device to automate disinfection of central line catheter hubs.
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IROS Best Paper Award (September 2014)
Our paper, Simultaneously Powering and Controlling Many Actuators With a Clinical MRI Scanner, by A. Becker, O. Felfoul and P. Dupont received the Best Paper Award at IEEE/RSJ IROS 2014.

The 7th NCIGT and NIH Image Guided Therapy Workshop (September 2014)
Our abstract, MRI-Powered, imaged and controlled actuators for interventional robots, by O. Felfoul et al. has been accepted for oral presentation at the 7th Annual Image-Guided Therapy workshop sponsored by the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT) and the NIH that will be held on September 18, 2014.
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IDEA Users Group Meeting (July 2014)
Our work on Closed-Loop Real-Time Commutation Control of an MRI-Powered Robot Actuator was presented July 20, 2014 at the North American IDEA Users Group Meeting hosted by the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.
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ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper Finalist (June 2014)
Our paper, FBG-based Shape Sensing Tubes for Continuum Robots, by S. Ryu and P. Dupont was named a finalist for the Best Medical Robotics Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2014.

ICRA 2014 Workshop (June 2014)
We co-organized a workshop at ICRA 2014 entitled Advances in Flexible Robots for Surgical Interventions.
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At Children’s Hospital, engineer is a key post (October 2013)
Our work on esophageal atresia is featured in the Boston Globe.
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Pierre E. Dupont, Ph. D.

Edward P. Marram Chair and Chief
Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering
Boston Children's Hospital
Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School


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Research Fellows (Engineers)

Georgios Fagogenis, Ph.D.

Surgical Robotics, Machine learning

Georgios received his Ph.D. in 2016 from Heriot-Watt University, where he worked on recursive state estimation. He is currently working on concentric tube robots and autonomous surgery.


Junhyoung Ha, Ph.D.

Surgical robotics

Junhyoung Ha received his PhD in 2015 from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. His research involves the design and stability of concentric tube robots. He also is working on airway stents.


Margherita Mencattelli, Ph.D.

Surgical robotics, force sensing, biomechanics

Margherita received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa. She is working on endoscopic imaging inside the beating heart and autonomous surgery.


Karl Price, MaSC

Surgical Robots, Mechanical Design

Karl studied mechatronics engineering and robotics at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada) and the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). He is designing robotic catheters and neuroendoscopes.


Martina Finocchiaro, BSc

Medical Robotics, Soft Robotics

Martina studies Bionics Engineering at the Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and University of Pisa, Pisa. She is currently working at her Master's thesis on implantable robotic devices.


Gustavo Arnal

Surgical Robotics, Computer Assisted Design

Gustavo is an undergraduate student from Wentworth Institute of Technology in the Biomedical Engineering program set to graduate in August 2018. He has experience in robotic implants and is currently designing enhanced intracardiac endoscopes.


Research Fellows (Clinicians)

Zurab Machaidze, M.D.

Cardiothoracic and Abdominal surgery, heart valve tissue engineering, research and development of medical/surgical devices and robots.

Zurab received his medical degree from David Tvildiani Medical University in the Republic of Georgia. His research involves medical robots and tissue engineering of heart valves.



  • Benoit Rosa, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), University of Strasbourg, France
  • Sunil Manjila, M.D., Staff Neurosurgeon, McLaren Bay Neurosurgery Associates, Bay City, MI
  • Chunwoo Kim, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Health Care Robot Group, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea
  • Ali Ataollahi, Ph. D., Entrepreneur
  • Aaron Becker, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston
  • Dana Damian, Ph. D., Lecturer, Automatic Control and System Engineering Department, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • Alina Eqtami, Ph. D.
  • Ouajdi Felfoul, Ph.D., MR lead system designer, GE Healthcare
  • Seokchang Ryu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Ignacio Berra, M.D., Staff Surgeon, Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplant, Hospital de Pediatria J.P. Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Patrick Codd, M.D., Attending Neurosurgeon, Mass General Hospital, Boston, U.S.A.
  • Gioia Lucarini, Ph.D., Postdoc, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy
  • Andrew Gosline, Ph. D., Principal Engineer, Human Design Medical LLC
  • Christos Bergeles, Ph. D., Lecturer, University College London
  • Slava Arabagi, Ph. D., Helbling Precision Engineering
  • Panagiotis Vartholomeos, Ph. D., Founder, Robotic Remedy PCC.
  • Hongliang Ren, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, National University of Singapore
  • Jesse Lock, Ph. D., M. D., Chief Medical Officer, Etiometry, Inc. / Pediatrician
  • Mohsen Mahvash, Ph. D., Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Gianni Campion, Ph. D., Systems Software Specialist, CAE Healthcare, Montreal, Quebec
  • Wenyuan Chen, Ph. D., Director of Product Engineering, JLC Group LLC
  • Prakash Kasturi, Ph. D., Principal Firmware Engineer, Newport Corp.
  • Thomas Debus, Ph. D., Alliance Spacesystems, Inc.
  • Jeff Stoll, Ph. D., Ultrasound Innovations Group, Siemens Medical Solutions
  • Evan Butler, M. Sc., President, Etiometry, Inc.
  • Genevieve Laing, M. Sc., Product Engineer, Medtronic, Inc.
  • Sudeep Deshpande, M. Sc., Boston Consulting Group
  • Pat Sears, M. Sc., Alliance Spacesystems, Inc.
  • Matt Heverly, M. Sc., Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Lab.
  • Shaun Selha, M. Sc., Project Manager, SourceOne, Inc.
  • Brandon Itkowitz, M. Sc., Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Ben Wolf, M. Sc., NMT Medical, Inc.