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MiNaRoB TEAM: Biomedical Micro-NanoRobotics

Team leader

Michaël Gauthier


Our MiNaRoB (Biomedical Micro-/Nanorobotics) team conducts research in two directions. The first is in the use of historical micromechatronic know-how for intracorporeal interventions having only a weak impact on the patient or rendered difficult or even impossible by heavy anatomical constraints. The second is the extension of micromanipulation in liquid media towards micro-/nanomanipulation in liquid media for applications calling for individualized manipulation of high-rate cells.

Goals and Research Areas

The MiNaRoB team’s research is organized into the four following core research areas:
› Modeling and control of adhesion forces for micromanipulation
› Manipulation without contact
› Visual servoing in the biomedical field
› Intracorporeal micromechatronics


One of the team’s main characteristics is that it seeks to occupy a very original position among themes as yet little known, having a high scientific risk factor: exploitation of surface effects, individualized manipulation of cells, small-dimension multi-finger manipulation, manipulation without contact, exploitation of new modalities of medical imaging in controls, and dexterity in a confined space.

This scientific risk may be translational: the psychological exploration of olfactory neurodegeneration or microrobotically-assisted surgery. This microtechnical application link also leads the team to fully assume certain technological risks: medical integration, electroactive polymer grafting, complex electromagnetic systems.

Implementing our work

These investigations lead the team to work with different departments of FEMTO-ST, as well as with other local players in the health field (CIC-IT and the departments of the CHRU Jean Minjoz (regional university hospital), EFS (French blood center), especially via the transdisciplinary research area Biom'@x, and to make use of the potential of the MIMENTO technology center.

Learn more

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