Bioinspired Robots and Robotic Biomaterials for Precision Medicine

medical robot filling a syringe with liquid medicine

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Location: EAS 230

Speaker: Binbin Ying, Banting Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital


Ingestible robots emerge as a transformative solution in combating chronic health conditions such as diabetes, IBD, obesity, and cancer. Despite their promise, these devices face significant spatiotemporal challenges within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including issues with retention, locomotion, and energy. This talk will discuss fundamental advances in robotic materials and structures, providing these medical robots with de novo, bioinspired capabilities for actuation, anchoring, and powering. I will highlight two preclinical innovations from my research: (i) e-GLUE, an electroadhesive hydrogel interface designed for enhanced mucosal retention and theranostics, and (ii) IngRI, an ingestible, battery-free, tissue-adhering robotic interface for non-invasive and prolonged electrostimulation of the gut. These two platforms demonstrate the potential for effectively managing various GI conditions through the development of bioinspired robots and robotic biomaterials.


Headshot of Binbin Ying wearing glasses and smiling

Dr. Binbin Ying is a Banting Fellow and a postdoctoral researcher in the labs of Prof. Giovanni Traverso and Prof. Robert Langer at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Ying earned his PhD degree from McGill University under the supervision of Profs. Xinyu Liu and Jianyu Li in 2020 and worked as a visiting scientist at the University of Toronto from 2018 to 2020. His research has focused on the development of soft robotics and biomaterials for healthcare. Dr. Ying has published over 20 scientific papers. His research has culminated in numerous honors and awards, including Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, and 2020 Materials Horizons Outstanding Article Award. Besides research, Dr. Ying is also passionate about mentorship and serving the research community. He co-founded The Martlets Society, a webinar series for young scholars to connect and exchange expertise.

For questions about the speaker, contact Prof. Nicholaus Parziale ([email protected]).