Team

Lab. Head

Leandro Pecchia

Since 2022, Prof Pecchia is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and founder the ‘Intelligent Technologies for Health’ laboratory, after 15 years between the UK (Uny of Sheffield, Uny of Nottingham, Uny of Warwick) and the WHO (Innovation Manager IPC unit, 2020-23). He is a member of the Ministry of Health Health Technical Committee, past-president of the European Society of Biomedical Engineering (EAMBES), and Secretary General of the world one (IFMBE). 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

Karina Ovejero Paredes

Karina Ovejero Paredes

Ph.D.

Dra Ovejero graduated in Experimental Sciences from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) in Móstoles, Spain. She completed an internship in the Imaging Unit laboratory at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) in Madrid. Karina obtained an official master’s degree in Translational Medicine Research at the Faculty of Medicine, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). During this time, she gained extensive experience through internships in the Nanobiotechnology, Molecular Imaging and Metabolomics laboratory, and the Microscopy and Dynamic Imaging Unit at CNIC.

In 2024, Dra Ovejero obtained her PhD in Pharmacy (Cum laude) from the Faculty of Pharmacy at UCM. During her PhD studies, she was awarded a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which allowed her to undertake a 7-month research stay at the Institute of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany.

Her research line focus on the design, development and characterization of several nanomaterials for biomedicine. More specifically, she worked with multifunctional nanoparticles for the theranosis (therapy + diagnosis) of different diseases like cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Her multidisciplinary research has led to the publication of several book chapters and numerous articles in high-impact journals. In addition to her research, Dra Ovejero has also taught in the Pharmacy degree program at UCM.

Margherita A.G. Matarrese

Margherita A.G. Matarrese

Ph.D.

Margherita Matarrese graduated with honors from Campus Bio-Medico University in 2020 with a BSc in Industrial Engineering and later earned an MSc in Biomedical Engineering with a curriculum in Biorobotics and Bionics. In 2019, she spent three months at Boston Children’s Hospital working on her Master’s thesis under the supervision of Dr. Tamilia and Prof. Papadelis. This experience solidified her interest in researching neuroscience to improve children’s health.

Since November 2020, she has been a PhD student in Bioengineering at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, in cooperation with the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center of Cook Children’s Hospital, under the supervision of Prof. Filippi and Dr. Papadelis. She successfully defended her thesis in April 2024. Her research focuses on pediatric epilepsy, specifically investigating how epileptic activity propagates within the brain and developing biomarkers to improve the localization of seizure-generating areas in children with drug-resistant epilepsy.

In December 2023, she joined the Intelligent Health Technologies Lab as a Post-Doctoral Associate. Her current research includes the application of artificial intelligence in medical imaging and broader applications of neuroimaging, alongside pediatric epilepsy. She has published several peer-reviewed research articles, presented her findings at international conferences, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer.

PhD Students

Lemlem Degafu Abate

Lemlem Degafu Abate

I yr. Ph.D. student

Lemlem Degafu Abate was born in Robe, Ethiopia, and began her journey into biomedical engineering after high school by joining Jimma University, where she graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. Her career started the same year at the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, where she managed medical equipment lifecycles and contributed significantly to developing health technology policies and guidelines. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as Logistics Coordinator at the National Emergency Operation Centre, ensuring the distribution of vital medical supplies and PPEs. Her humanitarian efforts extended to conflict zones, where she assessed healthcare needs and established temporary facilities. In 2021, she earned an MA in Project Management in Ethiopia, and in 2022, she moved to Italy to pursue an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Marche. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD under the mentorship of Professor Leandro Pecchia at Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, focusing on innovative smart trap systems for vector surveillance, integrating IoTs and Artificial Intelligence. As a founding member and Deputy President of the Society of Women Biomedical Engineering Professionals in Ethiopia, she is dedicated to promoting women’s growth and empowerment in the field. Her commitment to biomedical engineering drives her to innovate and advance healthcare technology, with a particular focus on impacting low and middle-income countries.

Tamara Boscarino

Tamara Boscarino

II yr. Ph.D. student

Tamara Boscarino was born in Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. After completing high school education in Syracuse, she moved to Rome, Italy, where she obtained a BSc in Medical Engineering at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ in 2019. She then pursued an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, graduating in 2022. During these years, she developed a passion for medical devices for the early diagnosis of diseases, focusing on immunohistochemical and electrochemical detection techniques. To further enrich her academic background, she completed a II level University Master Course in Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2023, while simultaneously starting a PhD in Bioengineering at the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome under the supervision of Prof. Leandro Pecchia and Prof. Vincenzo Piemonte. Her primary research aim is to explore the challenges associated with Point of Care devices and to design an integrated AI solution to bridge the gap in healthcare access in low-income countries. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality moments with family and friends, engaging in various sports, and traveling to explore new horizons.

Nahimiya Husen Ibrahim

Nahimiya Husen Ibrahim

II yr. Ph.D. student

Nahimiya Husen Ibrahim was born in Nekemte, Oromia, Ethiopia. After completing high school in Nekemte in 2010, he moved to Jimma, Oromia, Ethiopia, where he attended Jimma University and received a BSc in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. He later pursued an MBA at Wollega University, graduating in 2021. Following his graduation as a biomedical engineer, he worked at various levels in different tiers of health institutions in Ethiopia, progressing from a junior biomedical engineer to a senior service engineer. In December 2021, he relocated to Italy to pursue an MSc in Engineering of Medical Devices at Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona. Currently, he is working on a PhD, focusing on the design of frugal medical devices for low-resource settings under the supervision of Professor Leandro Pecchia. His research primarily aims to design affordable, user-friendly, and environmentally adaptable medical devices supported by IoT and AI.

Maria Elisabetta Pagnano

Maria Elisabetta Pagnano

I yr. Ph.D. student

Maria Elisabetta Pagnano was born in Naples, Italy. After graduating from high school, she earned a degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II. She then attended the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Robotics and Ergonomics in 2023. After completing her thesis under the supervision of Professor Leandro Pecchia, she began her PhD in his laboratory, focusing on Artificial Intelligence for diagnosing diseases, particularly rare ones. Initially oriented towards robotics, her studies led to a growing interest in assisting doctors in the diagnosis phase of diseases. She has a strong affinity for the elderly and children, aspiring to participate at an early stage of their medical journey to offer maximum support in the shortest time. Her work involves developing AI models to aid in medical diagnosis, with the goal of making technology serve both patients and doctors, contributing to a better world.

Martina Sassi

Martina Sassi

II yr. Ph.D. student

Martina Sassi was born in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She received a bachelor’s degree in clinical engineering from Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza in 2019 and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering with a curriculum in biorobotics and bionics from Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma in 2022. In June 2022, she began working as a biomedical researcher at Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, focusing on upper limb biomechanics. This professional experience led to a decision to pursue further research in orthopaedic sports medicine and rehabilitation. Since November 2022, Sassi has been a PhD student in Bioengineering, Applied Science, and Intelligent Systems at Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, in collaboration with the Research Unit of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, under the supervision of Professor Umile Giuseppe Longo. Her research focuses on developing an AI-based system for remotely monitoring patients during rehabilitation sessions. This system analyzes both biomechanical and physiological data, providing innovative strategies for personalized rehabilitation programs, with the goal of optimizing patient outcomes and enhancing the overall efficiency of healthcare delivery.

Jacopo Vitale

Jacopo Vitale

II yr. Ph.D. student

Jacopo Vitale graduated with a Master of Science in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale in December 2022. His major academic focus has been on Artificial Intelligence in healthcare and medicine since his bachelor’s degree. His interest in Artificial Intelligence sparked during his bachelor’s thesis, which involved designing a neural network in C language for recognizing certain substances dissolved in water. During his master’s program, he concentrated on the application of AI in the medical field, recognizing its potential to save lives. His final Master’s thesis involved constructing, training, and validating an AI model capable of determining the severity level of COVID-19 based on genetic sequences. Following his Master’s degree, he pursued a PhD at Campus Bio-Medico University in Rome, collaborating with healthcare experts and biomedical engineers. His research primarily focuses on developing AI as a diagnostic assistant, learning to design and deploy AI applications in Biomedical Engineering. His work aims to address the challenges posed by the knowledge gap between medical professionals and the engineering tools provided, striving to contribute to innovative and effective advancements in the field of AI in healthcare.