Ileana Pirozzi graduated in December 2022. Visit her Linked In page
I was born in Schongau, Germany and grew up in Rome, Italy. I left home at the age of 15 to pursue educational opportunities that took me to the Netherlands, Rhode Island, and finally, California at BDML!
At BDML, I am pursuing my passion for bridging medicine and engineering. I am able to do so, by working on the design and development of intracardiac medical devices to preserve heart function and prevent heart failure. Specifically, I am currently investigating the effects mechanically preserving and supporting torsional mechanics in the prevention of degenerative heart disease.
Before my PhD at Stanford I was at Brown University, where I dabbled between low-resource-settings diagnostic devices, new technologies for next-generation sequencing and pre-natal diagnostics. My first experience with designing an intracardiac medical device for use during heart surgery got me hooked - hence my decision to pursue a PhD in this field!
Read more about my work in the Medical Robotics page!