Martina FinocchiaroUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya | UPC · ETSEIB - School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona
Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Scholar in Bio-Robotics - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
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November 2018 - October 2019
- Research Assistant
- Research project in collaboration with the CNR of Palermo, on the electromechanical design, and fabrication, of an ingestible micro-robotic capsule, for the collection of intestinal microbiota samples. Responsible for: - Design of the endoscopic capsule, including a magnetic system of actuation, supported by the implementation of magnetic analytical models, and the performance of Finite Element Analysis. - Prototype fabrication and laboratory testing - Project coordination including intern stud
November 2017 - July 2018
- Research Intern
- Master thesis project on design, fabrication and in-vivo testing of an implantable robotic device for tissue regeneration. Responsable for: - Definition of clinical needs, translating them into specifications for a medical device - Electromechanical design and fabrication of a related prototype - Design and application of test methods for ex-vivo implant evaluation - Management of the in-vivo study for testing the device using large animals - Collection and analysis of experimental data
Bionic implants offer the potential to augment human performance and to assist the body in recovering functions lost to disease. While some may be permanently implanted, others provide temporary support. The challenge for the second case is how to remove the device from the body once its task is complete without forcing the patient to undergo a sec...
Screening of the gastrointestinal tract is imperative for the detection and treatment of physiological and pathological disorders in humans. Ingestible devices (e.g., magnetic capsule endoscopes) represent an alternative to conventional flexible endoscopy for reducing the invasiveness of the procedure and the related patient's discomforts. However,...
Minimally invasive wireless devices, allowing the sampling of gut's bacteria, are needed for a longitudinal understanding of the role of the microbiota on the human health. Herein, we present a novel magnetic actuation system fitting inside a 11.5 x 30.5 mm wireless ingestible capsule. Lacking any electronic components, the capsule robot is designe...
Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is the gold standard in the detection and treatment of early and advanced GI cancers. However, conventional endoscopic techniques are technically demanding and require visual-spatial skills and significant hands-on experience. GI endoscopy simulators represent a valid solution to allow doctors to practice in a pre-cl...