Brian Do
brianhdo at stanford dot edu

I am a PhD student at Stanford University in mechanical engineering studying robotics. I work in the Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab under Professor Allison Okamura. My research interest is in soft robotics.

I graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where I previously did research in prosthetic and robotic grasping as well as in MEMS and atomic force microscopy.

At Stanford, I have taken classes in mechatronics, control systems, and robotics.

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I am interested in designing and understanding soft robots to improve current capabilities in human-robot interaction.

Helical grasp

Helical actuation on a soft inflated robot body
Laura H. Blumenschein, Nathan S. Usevitch, Brian H. Do, Elliot W. Hawkes, Allison M. Okamura
Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2018

We present mathematical models to predict the shape of actuated soft inflatable continuum robots and conduct experiments to validate this shape model. We also examine the applied forces these robots can exert in grasping tasks.


Nuclear Membrane-Targeted Gold Nanoparticles Inhibit Cancer Cell Migration and Invasion
Moustafa R.K. Ali, Yue Wu, Deepraj Ghosh, Brian H. Do, Kungcai Chen, Michelle R. Dawson, Ning Fang, Todd A. Sulchek, Moustafa A. El-Sayed
ACS Nano, 2017

We develop nuclear-targeted gold nanoparticles and show through atomic force microscopy analysis of HeyA8 ovarian cancer cells that these nanoparticles enhance nuclear stiffness, thereby inhibiting metastasis. We propose the mechanism by which this occurs.

Outreach and Service

Science communication and outreach is a major passion of mine. One of the reasons that I'm drawn to robotics is its potential to impact so much of society, but with that, I feel it's equally important to educate people about science so that they can understand these new technologies and perhaps even invent some themselves in the future.

I'm passionate about conducting outreach to groups traditionally underrepresented in science, particularly women. At Georgia Tech, I was the Outreach chair for its Sociey of Women Engineers (SWE) group and initiated hands-on outreach events for middle and high school students in the greater Atlanta area. In 2017, I was the external liaision lead for Stanford Grad SWE.

I'm currently part of student recruitment and teacher development for Stanford Splash, a biannual event in which 1,500 8-12 graders from around the Bay Area get to go to classes entirely taught by Stanford students. I also organize outreach events for CHARM Lab.

SWEStanford Splash

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