Graduate Student Positions


The Camarillo lab has two open positions for motivated graduate students interested in working on the design and control of medical robots. Rotations are available for the winter and spring quarters.

  1. Robotic manipulation and mapping of embryos - In vitro fertilization (IVF) is an increasingly popular procedure with significant cost associated with repeated embryo transfers that do not result in pregnancy. In collaboration with the Stanford IVF clinic, we focus on improving the outcomes of IVF by understanding the mechanical and genetic signatures of healthy embryos. The short-term goal is to design and control a manipulator to autonomously pick up and rotate embryos using visual feedback. To accomplish this, students will need to employ computer vision, mechatronics and controls. Future work on this project may include using machine learning on the data collected from this robot to better understand developmental biology and improve the outcomes of this procedure.

    Zarnescu L, Han J, Behr B, Reijo Pera R, Camarillo DB. "Human oocyte developmental potential is predicted by mechanical properties within hours after fertilization." Nature Communications, vol. 7, 2016

  2. Robotic cardiac ablation - In this project, we are partnering with a major medical device company to design and control a robot that will perform a minimally invasive cardiac surgery for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. This treatment requires surgeons to ablate precise patterns on the interior surface of the beating heart, and a significant percentage of cases are unsuccessful due to the difficulty of this technique. The goal of this project is to enable the closed-loop control of a flexible, articulating catheter inside a beating heart. To start, the student will design a robotic interface with the clinical catheters in the lab. Next, the student will develop algorithms that leverage clinically available sensors to adapt to the uncertainty of the catheter and the beating heart.

    Yip MC, Camarillo DB. "Model-less Feedback Control of Continuum Manipulators in Constrained Environments." IEEE Transactions on Robotics. vol. PP, no. 99, pp. 1-10. 2013

Interested students should contact Prof. David Camarillo at with a copy of their CV, transcript, and a brief summary of past research and future interests. Individuals with fellowships are highly encouraged to apply. Past experience in relevant areas is ideal, however, students with different backgrounds are encouraged to apply as well. We may also consider filling a postdoc position in these areas.

Contact for applications:

David Camarillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor or Bioengineering
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