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Leonardo Ricotti


Leonardo Ricotti is Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Biorobotics at SSSA and head of the “Regenerative Technologies” Lab at the BioRobotics Institute, composed of ~ 25 members. He holds a M.Sc. course on “Micro-nano robotics and biomaterials” and a PhD course on “Microfabrication through soft lithography and SEM-AFM caracterization”. He has supervised or co-supervised 14 PhD students, working on therapeutic micro-devices, biomaterials and artificial organs, and 37 M.Sc. theses on bioengineering topics. He carries out innovative research efforts at the interface between different disciplines, such as mechatronics, materials science, molecular biology and micro/nano-technologies and he aims at creating innovative (and potentially disruptive) “match points” between different disciplines. He is co-author of ~ 100 scientific publications and 6 book chapters on micro-nano systems for biomedical applications.

He is also inventor of 13 patents. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience and of the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics. In 2012, he received the “Massimo Grattarola” award for the best PhD Thesis in bioengineering (Thesis title: “Development of bio-hybrid actuators”). In July 2014, he received the European Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Doctoral Award. In 2018, he received regional and national prizes as member of the spin-off company Relief s.r.l. He currently coordinates an European project (ADMAIORA – ADvanced nanocomposite MAterIals fOr in situ treatment and ultRAsound-mediated management of osteoarthritis), funded in the H2020 framework and is PI of other projects in which Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna participates as a partner.

Research Group

Daniele Guarnera

Daniele Guarnera is a Post-Doc Researcher at the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He got his Master Degree in 2015 at Politecnico di Torino discussing a thesis on the interaction between pantograph and rigid catenary developed at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. 

In 2019 he got his Ph.D. at Politecnico di Torino, defending the thesis ‘Refined one-dimensional models applied to biostructures and fluids’. The Ph.D. was carried out within the Mul2 research group, under the supervision of Professor Erasmo Carrera and focused on the development of advanced structural and fluid-dynamical models applied to biomechanics. During the Ph. D. he spent a period at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA, to develop a project related to the 3D bioprinting and mechanical characterization of digital materials. Recently he got a grant at the Università di Catania for the FE assisted characterization of electronic power devices in collaboration with ST Microelectronics and CNR. In 2020 joined the ‘Regenerative Technologies’ Lab of the BioRobotic Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He has a team-oriented research approach, and his research interests move from numerical to experimental methods about material science, structural engineering, and biomechanics. He is author and co-author of 12 scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings.

Hind Al-Haddad

Hind Al-Haddad is a Ph.D. student at BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, within the “Regenerative Technologies” lab of the Biorobotics institute. In 2019, she received a Master’s Degree in Bionics Engineering that was jointly offered by the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy. 

Her thesis entitled “3D Printed Graphene-Based Nanocomposites Mimicking Articular Cartilage Properties” was carried out to develop and characterize biocompatible, chondrogenic, and printable multilayer grafts mimicking the zonal organization of articular cartilage by means of zone-specific matrix stiffness using nanocomposite hydrogels. After that, she worked for one year as a research assistant at the University of Baghdad, Iraq. Her current research activities concern the development of a fully implantable, and automated artificial pancreas that will enable intraperitoneal insulin delivery for optimal glycaemic control. 

Izadyar Tamadon

Izadyar Tamadon received the bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and master degree in Mechatronics from the IUST, Tehran IRAN, in 2009 and 2012. He obtained his PhD degree in the Biorobotics Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa ITALY, in 2019. 

Up to now, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Biorobotics Institute in surgical robotics and allied technologies group. His research interests are mechatronics in artificial organs and continuum manipulators. His scientific activity includes 6 papers in leading peer-reviewed international journals and 3 referred conference papers.


In FORGETDIABETES, SSSA will develop an advanced prototype of implantable pump refillable through ingestible pills and rechargeable through wireless power transfer. Furthermore, new materials to minimize body’s fibrotic reaction toward the implant will be also investigated.

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