Stanford Bioengineers Study Parasitic Larvae Movement Through Robotics

Published by , November 7, 2016 9:52 am

(StanfordDaily) Stanford bioengineers have used robotics to make new discoveries about the movement of parasites commonly found in water that is polluted with the tropical parasites.  Their research can contribute to the treatment of schistosomiasis, a potentially fatal disease caused by these organisms.
Deepak Krishnamurthy, a Ph.D. student who was lead author for the schistosomiasis study, explained that the team’s novel robotics approach allowed them to understand the parasite’s swimming motions. The researchers observed the minute movements of live parasite larvae and then compiled multiple mathematical models depicting how the parasite’s movements changed the surrounding fluid. With the kinematic information, the team was able to form robotic models to engineer a scaled-up robotic swimmer.

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