Scuola superiore sant'anna

Post-doctoral fellows

Veronica Iacovacci



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

November 2013 - Present: PhD Student Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - The BioRobotics Institute

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


Veronica Iacovacci obtained a M.Sc. Degree (Laurea Specialistica) in Biomedical Engineering at University of Pisa in 2013 (full marks, cum laude). Her master thesis, entitled “Design and development of a mechatronic implantable system for the refilling of artificial organs” carried out at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento Sant'Anna (SSSA), introduced Veronica to the scientific research fostering her interest towards mechatronics and interdisciplinary research. In October 2013, she joined the BioRobotics Institute as a Ph.D. Student focusing her attention on the development of smart magnetic therapeutic microsystems. 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.


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 XXXII 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.