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Syeda Shadab Zehra Zaidi obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. During her studies, she focused on research areas relating to Aerodynamics and Mechanical Design & Analysis. She is now advancing her studies as a PhD candidate at the Biorobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy. Her current research interests are focused on exploring variable stiffness in self-healing soft robots.