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Francesca Tramacere

Post Doc

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Bioinspired Soft Robotics




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Francesca Tramacere received her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (with honors) from the University of Pisa, in December 2009. In January 2013, she obtained her Ph.D. in Innovative Technologies of Info. & Com. Eng. and Robotics (with honors) from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa with a thesis on the study and analysis of adhesion mechanisms in nature for the development of innovative bioinspired adhesion devices. In 2012, she spent a period as a visiting researcher at the University of Kiel (Germany) collaborating with Pr. Stanislav Gorb. Since 2013, she is a Post-Doc at the Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Micro-BioRobotics (Pontedera). Her research interests are mainly related to robotic solutions inspired by biological systems. She was and still is the tutor of several Ph.D. students with different backgrounds (engineers, biologists, mathematicians, physicists, and biotechnologists). In 2017-18, she was the project manager of an industrial project (details reserved) aimed at the design and development of a robotic solution for harsh environments. She has noteworthy experience in the synthesis and analysis of scientific results and in making scientific, educational, and popular presentations for international events. She acts as a reviewer for several international journals in the robotic and biological field.
She is currently the project manager of GrowBot, European project in the framework Horizon 2020 aimed at the development of robotic technologies inspired by climbing plants.


[GrowBot] (FETPROACT-01-2018, H2020-FETPROACT-2018-2020, Grant agreement no. 824074) - acting as project manager

[Industrial project] (details reserved) -  acting as project manager

[Plantoid] (FET-Open, FP7-ICT-2011-C, Grant agreement no. 293431) - acting as Post Doc

[Biological Adhesives: from Biology to Biomimetics] (COST Action TD0906) - acting as Post Doc

Selected Publications

  • Tramacere F., Follador M., Nicola M. Pugno, Mazzolai B (2015) Octopus-like suction cups: from natural to artificial solutions. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 10: 035004.
  • Tramacere F., Appel E., Mazzolai B., Gorb S. (2014) Hairy suckers: the surface microstructure and its possible functional significance in the Octopus vulgaris sucker. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 5: 561-565.

  • Tramacere F., Kovalev A., Kleinteich T., Gorb S. N., Mazzolai B. (2014) Structure and mechanical properties of Octopus vulgaris suckers. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11(91): 20130816.
  • Tramacere F., Beccai L., Kuba M., Gozzi A., Bifone A., Mazzolai B. (2013) The Morphology and Adhesion Mechanism of Octopus vulgaris suckers. PLOS ONE 8(6): e65074.

  • Tramacere F., Beccai L., Mazzolai B. (2013) What Can We Learn from the Octopus? In: Santos R., Aldred N., Gorb S., Flammang P. editors. Biological and Biomimetic Adhesives. The Royal Society of Chemistry. Pp. 89-102.


Living Machines Award for Best Demonstration
Octopus-inspired innovative suction cups
Living Machines 2013: The 2nd International Conference on Biomimetics and Biohybrid System, 29th July - 2nd August 2013, Natural History Museum, London.


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