Sheila Russo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

PhD, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
MS, University of Pisa
BS, University of Pisa

Prof. Russo's background is at the intersection of biomedical robotics, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, and advanced materials technologies.
Her research focuses on design, development, and fabrication of biocompatible, smart, soft, and miniaturized surgical robots that could help restore sensor feedback and distal dexterity in minimally invasive procedures.
She is interested in developing robotic technologies to improve human health, tackling current limitations in medicine as well as enabling novel therapies not possible to perform today.

Extending Reach, Accuracy, and Therapeutic Capabilities: A Soft Robot for Peripheral Early-Stage Lung Cancer
08/01/2023 - 07/31/2027 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering

A Soft Robotic Sleeve to Enable Safer and Easier Colonoscopy Procedures
09/18/2020 - 09/17/2024 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering

Flexible robots for diagnosis and therapy in the peripheral lung
01/01/2019 - 02/28/2020 (PI)
Johnson & Johnson


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  1. Ranzani T., Russo S., Bartlett N., Wehner M., Walsh C.J., Wood R.J. Increasing the dimensionality of soft microstructures through injection induced self-folding. Advanced Materials. 2018.
  2. Russo S., Ranzani T., Wood R.J. Soft actuators for Pop-Up Laminate Structure. 2017.
  3. Becker S., Ranzani T., Russo S., Wood R.J. Pop-Up Tissue Retraction Mechanism for Endoscopic Surgery. 2017.
  4. Ranzani T., Russo S., Schwab F., Walsh C.J., Wood R.J. Deployable stabilization mechanisms for endoscopic procedures. 2017.
  5. Russo S., Ranzani T., Walsh C.J., Wood R.J. An additive millimeter-scale fabrication method for soft bio-compatible actuators and sensors. Advanced Materials Technologies. 2017; 2(10).
  6. Gafford J., Ranzani T., Russo S., Degirmenci A., Kesner S., Howe R., Wood R.J., Walsh C.J. Towards Medical Devices with Integrated Mechanisms, Sensors and Actuators via Printed-Circuit MEMS. Journal of Medical Devices. 2017; 11(1).
  7. Ranzani T., Russo S., Wood R.J. Soft suction-based end effector for endoluminal tissue manipulation. 2016.
  8. Russo S., Ranzani T., Walsh C.J., Wood R.J. A soft pop-up proprioceptive actuator for minimally invasive surgery. 2016.
  9. Russo S., Ranzani T., Gafford J., Walsh C.J., Wood R.J. Soft pop-up mechanisms for micro surgical tools: design and characterization of compliant millimeter-scale articulated structures. 2016.
  10. Gafford J., Ranzani T., Russo S., Aihara H., Wood R.J., Walsh C.J., Thompson C. Snap-On Robotic Wrist Module for Enhanced Dexterity in Endoscopy. 2016.
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2016 The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics: Best poster presentation
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surgical robotics
soft robotics
sensing and actuation
meso- and micro-scale manufacturing techniques
advanced materials
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