University of Waterloo

Micro- and Nanorobots for Medical Interventions

Prof. Veronika Magdanz, Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Jan 27, 2023, 11:30am EC4-2101A

The goal of micro-and nanorobotics is to make medical interventions more targeted and less invasive. Nano-and microrobots show great potential for active and remote-controlled motion inside the human body. Possible future applications include active, targeted delivery of therapeutics to diseased sites (e.g. tumors), cell delivery for regenerative therapy and non-invasive surgery. The removal of obstructions inside the body such as blood clots, renal stones or other blockages in a minimal invasive manner is another main subject of this research.  In this seminar, I will give an overview of the medical microrobots we are developing, including catalytic, biohybrid and biomimicking approaches, and the challenges faced along this journey.