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Veronica Iacovacci



November 2013 - June 2017: PhD in BioRobotics, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - The BioRobotics Institute

July 2016 - January 2017: Visiting Student at the Multi-scale Robotics Lab (ETH Zurich)

September 2007 - June 2013: Università di Pisa - Biomedical Engineering (BSc and MSc)


Veronica Iacovacci obtained a PhD in BioRobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (full marks) in June 2017, with a thesis entitled "Smart Magnetic microrsystem for targeted therapy" and she's currently a Post Doctoral fellow at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in the Surgical Robotics and Allied technologies group. From July 2016 to January 2017 she has been visiting scientist at the Multiscale Robotics Lab (ETH, Zurich) led by Professor Bradley Nelson where she worked at the development of thermoresponsive magnetic microrobots for targeted drug delivery. her main research interests are in the field of artificial organs, towards the development of fully autonomous and implantable artificial pancreas and artificial bladder systems, advanced materials for healthcare applications, microrobots and smart magnetic microdevices for targeted therapy.


Premio "IEIIT CNR" 2017 Award for the Best PhD thesis in Bioengineering. Assigned during the XXXVIII Annual School of the Italian Bioengineering Group (Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria, GNB), in Bressanone (Bz, Italy).

Zeno Karl Schind Scolaship assigned for the project "MagnEtic ThErmO-Responsive mIcrorobot for Targeted thErapy" to be carried out at ETH Zurich (June 2017)

Best Oral Presentation Award. Assigned during the European society for precision engineering & nanotechnology (Euspen) Challenge 2014 - Traunreut (Germany) – 1st July – 3rd July 2014

Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria” 2013 Award for the Best Ms.C. Thesis in Bioengineering. Assigned during the XXXIV Annual School of the Italian Bioengineering Group (Gruppo Nazionale di Bioingegneria, GNB), in Bressanone (Bz, Italy).


Contributo su Rivista

Her research activity is mainly related to biomechatronics, microrobotics, and smart triggerable systems for targeted therapy. During her PhD she focused her attention on magnetic actuation but she is trying to investigate how multiple stimuli can be employed and exploited togeteher at the milli- and microscale towards the developent of efficient and robust therapeutic microrobots.

Starting from her master thesis she has been working also on embedding smart microengineered components and smart materials in centimeter scale medical devices towards the development of innovative artificial organs. In particular she is involved in the development of totally implantable closed loop artificial pancreas and artificial bladder systems.