Scuola superiore sant'anna

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Veronica Iacovacci



September 2020 - Present: Marie Curie Global Fellow

November 2020 - Present: Honorary Researcher, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineerig, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

April 2019 - Present: Post Doctoral Fellow, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

October 2018 - March 2019: Post Doctoral Fellow, Multi-scale Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich

June 2017 - September 2018: Post Doctoral Fellow, The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna


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)


I obtained the M.Sc. Degree (Laurea Specialistica) in Biomedical Engineering at University of Pisa in 2013 (full marks, cum laude) with a thesis entitled “Design and development of a mechatronic implantable system for the refilling of artificial organs”. In October 2013 I joined the Surgical Robotics and Allied technologies Area at Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e Perfezionamento Sant'Anna (SSSA) as a PhD student and I obtained the Ph.D. in Biorobotics (full marks, cum laude) with a thesis on smart magnetic microsystems for targeted therapy.

From July 2016 to January 2017 I have been visiting scientist at the Multiscale Robotics Lab (ETH, Zurich) led by Professor Bradley Nelson where I worked at the development of thermoresponsive, theranostic magnetic microrobots for targeted drug delivery and on their high resolution imaging.

From October 2018 to March 2019 I was Post-doctoral Fellow at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich and from April 2019 to September 2020 at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

I am currently a Marie Curie Skłodowska Global Fellow jointly at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa – Italy) and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong – SAR). The project (MAMBO - Magnetic swarm for liver chemoembolization) started in October 2020 and will last 36 months.



"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

The main aim of my research activity is to develop novel smart therapeutic solutions for acute and chronic pathological diseases. Starting from my master thesis, I have been studying and developing smart solutions for implantable artificial organ. This interest led in these year to several funding opportunities and to the development of smart solutions and smart materials for artificial Pancreas, Artificial Bladder systems and other implantable devices.

During my Ph.D. I approached the study of smart systems featured by micrometric dimensions and exploiting magnetic fields as actuation method. Currently my research activity is mainly related to microrobotics, smart magnetic systems for targeted therapy with a particular focus on making micro/nanotechnology based therapeutic paradigms safer and highly controllable thanks to the inclusion of clinical imaging modalities in the control loop with the final aim to bring targeted therapy to the clinical practice.