Education:

2015 Ph.D. in Biorobotics, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, Ph.D. Thesis: "Novel actuation strategies for flexible and modular multi-DoF (Degrees of Freedom) instruments for minimally invasive surgery" . Supervisor : Prof. Arianna Menciassi

2011 MS with Honors in Biomedical Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, MS Thesis : "Study and development of a magnetic system for GI (gastrointestinal) biopsy capsule". Supervisors : Prof. Arianna Menciassi, Prof. Pietro Valdastri, Dott. Massimiliano Simi

2009 B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy


Research Experiences:

2016-Present Stanford University, Postdoctoral Associate (Reference: Prof. Allison M. Okamura)

2015-2016 Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies, Postdoctoral Associate(Reference: Prof. Arianna Menciassi)

2011-2015 Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies, Graduate Student (Reference: Prof. Arianna Menciassi)

2013 TU Delft, Biomechanical Engineering, Visiting Research Fellow (Reference Prof. Paul Breedveld)


Additional courses:

2017 (January -March) Stanford Business Ignite. Program on entrepreneurship and innovation

2013 B.E.S.T. Business Engineering and Surgical Technologies - Onsite course (IRCAD - Strasbourg, France)


Publications (Journals):

Gerboni G., Greer, J. D., Laeseke P. F., Hwang G. L., Okamura A. M. (2017). Highly Articulated Robotic Needle Achieves Distributed Ablation of Liver Tissue. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2(3). Download

Abidi H., Gerboni G, Brancadoro M., Diodato A., Cianchetti, M., Wurdemann H., Althoefer K., Menciassi A. (2017). Highly dexterous two modules soft robot for intra organ navigation in minimally invasive surgery. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery. Download

Gerboni G., Diodato A., Ciuti G., Cianchetti M. Menciassi A. (2017). Feedback control of soft robot actuators via commercial flex bend sensors. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. Download

Arezzo A., Mintz Y., Allaix M. E., Arolfo S., Bonino M., Gerboni G., Brancadoro M, Cianchetti M, Menciassi A., Wurdermann H., Noh, Y., AlthoeferK K, Fras J., Glowka J., Nawrat Z., Cassidy G., Walker R., Morino M. (2017). Total mesorectal excision using a soft and flexible robotic arm: a feasibility study in cadaver models. Surgical endoscopy, 31(1). Download

Ranzani T., Cianchetti M., Gerboni G., De Falco I., Menciassi A. (2016). A soft modular manipulator for minimally invasive surgery: design and characterization of a single module. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 32(1).

Gerboni G., Henselmans P. W., Arkenbout E. A., van Furth W. R., and Breedveld P. (2015). HelixFlex: bioinspired maneuverable instrument for skull base surgery. Bioinspiration and biomimetics, 10(6). Download

Jelinek F., Gerboni G., Henselmans P. W., Pessers R., Breedveld P. (2015). Attaining high bending stiffness by full actuation in steerable minimally invasive surgical instruments. Minimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies, 24(2). Download

Gerboni G., Ranzani T., Diodato A., Ciuti G., Cianchetti M., Menciassi A. (2015). Modular soft mechatronic manipulator for minimally invasive surgery (MIS): overall architecture and development of a fully integrated soft module. Meccanica, 50(11). Download

De Falco, I., Gerboni G., Cianchetti, M., & Menciassi, A. (2015). Design and fabrication of an elastomeric unit for soft modular robots in minimally invasive surgery. Journal of visualized experiments: JoVE, (105).

Gerboni G. Brancadoro, M., Tortora, G., Diodato, A., Cianchetti, M., Menciassi, A. (2016). A novel linear elastic actuator for minimally invasive surgery: development of a surgical gripper. Smart Materials and Structures, 25(10) Download

Ranzani, T., Gerboni G., Cianchetti, M., Menciassi, A. (2015). A bioinspired soft manipulator for minimally invasive surgery. Bioinspiration and biomimetics, 10(3). Download

Cianchetti, M., Ranzani, T., Gerboni G., Nanayakkara, T., Althoefer, K., Dasgupta, P., Menciassi, A. (2014). Soft robotics technologies to address shortcomings in today's minimally invasive surgery: the STIFF-FLOP approach. Soft Robotics, 1(2).

Jiang, A., Ranzani, T., Gerboni, G., Lekstutyte, L., Althoefer, K., Dasgupta, P., & Nanayakkara, T. (2014). Robotic granular jamming: Does the membrane matter? Soft Robotics, 1(3), 192-201.

Simi M., Gerboni G., Menciassi A., Valdastri P. (2013). Magnetic torsion spring mechanism for a wireless biopsy capsule. Journal of Medical Devices, 7(4). Download


Patent applications:

WO 2015105421 A1, title "Industrial or medical tool with steering cables" , inventors: P. Breedveld, P. Henselmans , G. Gerboni, E. Arkenbout , W. F. Wouter.


Conference Papers:

Gerboni, G., A. Diodato, Greer, J. D., Laeseke, P. F., Hwang, G. L., Okamura, A. M. Robotic needle steering platform enabling effective clinical tests. IEEE IROS2018 International Conference on Intelligent Robots. Madrid, Spain.

Gerboni, G., Greer, J. D., Laeseke, P. F., Hwang, G. L., Okamura, A. M. Highly Articulated Robotic Needle Achieves Distributed Ablation of Liver Tissue. IEEE ICRA2017 International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Singapore.

Gerboni, G., Ranzani, T., Cianchetti, M., Ciuti, G., Menciassi, A. A new strategy to build a fully modular soft manipulator for minimally invasive surgery. CRAS2014 Workshop on Computer/Robot Assisted Surgery. Genova, Italy.

Gerboni, G., Henselmans P., Breedveld P. The HelixFlex: a new multi- actuated instrument. ASME DMD2014 Conference on Design of Medical Devices, Europe Edition, Delft, The Netherlands.

Simi M., Gerboni, G., Menciassi A. Valdastri P., Magnetically Activated Biopsy Capsule, ASME DMD2012 Conference on Design of Medical Devices, Minneapolis, US.

Gerboni, G., Simi M., Valdastri P., Menciassi A., Magnetic Mechanism for Wireless Capsule Biopsy, IEEE BioRob2012 International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics , Rome, Italy, June 24-27, 2012.