About us

Our Expertise

We have a strong expertise in the magnetic manipulation and localization of medical capsules and soft robots, which we leverage to reach deep inside the human body to diagnose and treat life-threatening and inoperable diseases.   
Soft robotics, intelligent control, frugal design, advanced proprioceptive sensing, innovative manufacturing and smart actuation are some of the scientific tools we use to create affordable lifesaving medical technologies

"We strive to improve the quality of life for people undergoing flexible endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery by creating affordable and intelligent robotic solutions.”​
Pietro Valdastri
Director of STORM Lab UK

STORM Lab Director

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Pietro Valdastri

Professor and Chair in Robotics And Autonomous Systems

Director of the Institute of Robotics, Autonomous Systems and Sensing (IRASS)
Director of Robotics at Leeds
Ph.D. in Medical Robotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

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Joseph Norton

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Engineering (MEng) Mechatronics and Robotics at University of Leeds
Ph.D. Mechatronics and Robotics at University of Leeds

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Bruno Scaglioni

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Science (MSc) Engineering of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano
Ph.D. Systems and Control at Politecnico di Milano

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James Chandler

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Engineering (MEng) Automotive Engineering at University of Leeds
Ph.D. Surgical Technologies at University of Leeds

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Onaizah Onaizah

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Science (MSc) from Western University
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at University of Toronto

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Simone Calò

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Science (MSc) Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano
Ph.D. in Medical Robotics at University of Leeds

Ph.D. Students

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Zaneta Koszowska

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies at University College London

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James Martin

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Robotics Engineering at University of Bristol

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Aleks Attanasio

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Robotics Engineering at Università di Genova and Universitat Jaume I

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Giovanni Pittiglio

Ph.D Student

Postgraduate at HARMS Lab, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

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Lavinia Barducci

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Robotics Engineering at Università di Pisa

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Michael Brockdorff

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London

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Peter Lloyd

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Computational Aerodynamics at University of Leeds

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Tomás Veiga

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering at University of Porto

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Nils Marahrens

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Munich

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Michele Di Lecce

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) in Automation Engineering at Politecnico di Bari

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Sarah Smith

Ph.D Student

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry at University of Leeds Master of Chemistry (MChem) in Chemistry at University of Leeds
Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Nottingham

Undergraduate Students

Staff

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Sam Wilson

Research Support Technician

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Medical Science at University of Leeds

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Luca Audino

Electronics Engineer in Medical Device Development

Master of Science (MSc) Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin

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Tamaryn-Lee Thomson

Electronics Engineer in Medical Device Development

Master of Engineering (MEng) Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Engineering at University of Leeds

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Jun Wai Kow

Mechatronics Engineer in Medical Device Development

Ph.D. Surgical Technologies - Soft Robotics at University of Leeds Master of Science (MSc) Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering at University of Leeds.

Alumni

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Sara Rustum

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano

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Chiara Alberti

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano

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Lorenzo Minotti

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano

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Nicholas Dascanio

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano

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David Biegger

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor in Medical Engineering at Hochschule Ulm

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Antonio Marino

Ph.D Student

Master of Science (MSc) Robotics Engineering at University of Genoa

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Margherita Rustia

Visiting Master Student

Bachelor of Science (BSc) at University of Pisa

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Manish Chauhan

Medical Robotics Research Fellow

Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Ph.D in Bioengineering Robotics at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

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Nicola Fornarelli

Post-graduate Research Assistant

Master of Science (MSc) Biomedical Engineering at Universitá di Pisa

Our Grants enable us to work towards ...

Surgical robotics, affordable intelligent endoscopy, medical capsule robots, soft magnetic continuum manipulators and autonomy in robotic surgery.

Active Grants

Major Completed Grants

Cancer Research UK

A robotic magnetic flexible endoscope for painless colorectal cancer diagnostic screening, surveillance and intervention

Garfield Weston Foundation

Accelerating Innovative Robotic Technologies to Fight Cancer

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

A technical innovation in bowel preparation

European Research Council

ERC Consolidator Grant: NoLiMiTs – Novel Lifesaving Magnetic Tentacles

NIHR/LTHT

NIHR MedTech and in vitro diagnostic Co-operative Surgical Technologies

H2020 European Union

AUTOCAPSULE – Autonomous multimodal implantable endoscopic capsule for the gastrointestinal tract

Intuitive Surgical

Intuitive Surgical Da Vinci Research Kit

EPSRC

Surgery Enabled by Ultrasonics Programme Grant

EPSRC

Terabotics Programme Grant - Robots with Terahertz imaging to spot and remove cancer tumours

EPSRC

New minimally invasive technologies for the treatment of pancreatic cancer

National Institutes of Health

Magnetic Capsule Endoscope for Colonoscopy in Patients with IBD

Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Award

National Science Foundation

CAREER: Lifesaving Capsule Robots

H2020 European Union

H. Pylori-Scopy – Marie Curie Fellowship for Manish Chauhan

ESPRC

SonoPill Programme Grant

GCRF HEGCE

Ultra-low-cost diagnosis of Helicobacter Pylori in rural India

National Science Foundation

Integrated Modeling, Analysis and Synthesis of Miniature Medical Devices

NIHR/LTHT

NIHR Global Health Research Group on Global Surgical Technologies

Italian Ministry of Health

Development and pre-clinical validation of a soft tethered endoscopic robot to replace colonoscopy as a screening tool for colorectal cancer

EPSRC

EPSRC GCRF: Ultra-low-cost endoscopy for gastric cancer screening in rural China