Surgical Planning Laboratory - Brigham & Women's Hospital - Boston, Massachusetts USA - a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Surgical Planning Laboratory

Panagiotis Vartholomeos, Ph.D. (January-November 2010)

Research Statement

My research interests lie in the fields of Robotics, Dynamic Systems and Control. I have studied motion principles and real-time control methods that are exploited by microrobots and micromanipulators for automating biomedical (i.e. cell injection) or microfabrication processes. Within this context, I have contributed to the development (modeling, design, prototyping) of novel, autonomous, mobile microrobotic platforms that employ a novel actuation principle called Centrifugal-force Actuation. Also I have contributed to the design and development of nano/micropositioning sensor. Currently, I conduct research (simulations and experiments) on the magnetic propulsion of magnetized micro/nano particles for targeted drug-delivery.


I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. In 2001 I received the M.Eng. degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London. My Final year Thesis was supervised by Prof. Richard Vinter and it involved Control and Optimization of Hybrid Systems Using Dynamic and Mixed Integer Programming.

In 2007 I received a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under the supervision of Prof. Evangelos Papadopoulos. The title of my PhD thesis is “Modeling and Control of Microrobotic Systems”.

Since October 2008 I work as a Senior Researcher at the R&D department of ZENON S.A., and since February 2010 I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

E-mail: pvarthol at

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