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Education Information

  • 2016 - Present: PhD student, Mechanical Engineering, A.R.M.A. Laboratory, Vanderbilt University
  • 2015 - 2016: Research Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
  • 2011 - 2015: B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Research Interests

  • Design, Modelling, Control and Telemanipulation of Continuum Robots and Active Catheters
  • Sensing Modules and Situational Awareness Aids for Surgery and Manufacturing in Confined Spaces
  • Design of Biologically Inspired (Soft) Robots
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery


  • 2011-2015: United World Colleges (UWC) Davis Scholarship
  • 2016-2017: Vanderbilt Engineering Graduate Fellowship
  • 2018-2020: Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) Training Fellowship

Publications at ARMA Lab

Prior Publications

  • Holland, D., Abah, C., Velasco-Enriquez, M., Herman M., Bennett, G., Vela, E. and Walsh, C., "The Soft Robotics Toolkit: Strategies for Overcoming Obstacles to the Wide Dissemination of Soft-Robotic Hardware", IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 57-64,DOI: 10.1109/MRA.2016.2639067, 2017.
  • Payne, C., Wamala, I., Abah, C., Thalhofer, T., Saeed, M., Bautisda-Salinas, D., Horvath, M., Vasilyev, N., Roche, E., Pigula, F. and Walsh, C., "An Implantable Extracardiac Soft Robotic Device for the Failing Heart: Mechanical Coupling and Synchronization", Soft Robotics Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 241 - 250, DOI 0.1089/soro.2016.0076, 2017.
  • Payne, C.J., Wamala, I., Abah, C., Thalhofer, T., Saeed, M., Bautista-Salinas, D., Horvath, M.A., Vasilyev, N.V., Roche, E.T., Pigula, F.A. and Walsh, C.J., 2017, June. Wearable Soft Robotic Device Supports the Failing Heart in vivo. In The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (p. 37).
  • Payne, C. , Wamala, I., Bautisda-Salinas, D., Saeed, M., Van Story, D., Thalhofer, T., Horvath, M., Abah, C., Pedro, J., Walsh, C., M., Vasilyev, "Soft robotic ventricular assist device with septal bracing for therapy of heart failure", Science Robotics, Vol. 2, No. 12, DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aan6736, 2017.

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