UT Scientist Sarthak Misra has been awarded an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. Sarthak Misra is a full professor in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Faculty ET). He will be awarded € 2.35 million to further expand on his research on developing novel steerable instruments for minimally invasive surgery.
In his project MAESTRO (Magneto-Acoustically Engineered Steerable Robots), Prof. Misra’s goal is to design a magneto-acoustic robotic system that will enable precise delivery of a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic micro-agents using ultrasound and fluorescence images. “A novel probe and micro-agents will be designed and evaluated in clinically-relevant scenarios with realistic physiological functionalities”, says Prof. Misra. The knowledge gained will be applicable to a range of flexible instruments.
Several grants have been awarded to Prof. Misra already, such as the ERC Proof of Concept grant in 2017 for his work on flexible needles, an ERC Starting grant in 2014, and VENI (2010) and VIDI (2015) awards from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Please visit the Surgical Robotics Laboratory website for further details on Prof. Misra’s research.