Victoria Webster-Wood received her B.S. in 2012, M.S. in 2013, and Ph.D. in 2017 in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, receiving graduate support as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and GAANN Fellow in the Biologically Inspired Robotics Lab. She subsequently completed her postdoctoral training as a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab at the same institution.

Upon joining Carnegie Mellon University, she established the CMU Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group (B.O.R.G). The B.O.R.G.’s research focuses on the use of organic materials as structures, actuators, sensors, and controllers toward the development of biohybrid and organic robots and biohybrid prosthetics.

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2017 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

2013 MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

2012 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Media mentions

Future Tech Podcast

Webster-Wood on biohybrid and organic robotics research

MechE’s Victoria Webster-Wood was a guest on the Future Tech Podcast and discussed her research in developing biohybrid and organic robots. Webster-Wood describes how she and her lab are integrating muscle and neurologic tissue of animals into robots.

CMU Engineering

From bioinspired to biohybrid

Victoria Webster-Wood uses organic materials to build robotic devices for future applications in medicine and environmental science.

Science Friday

Webster-Wood featured on podcast panel

MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood, who will be joining the department in the fall of 2018, was interviewed for her work on biohybrid robotics on WNYC’s Science Friday podcast.


Webster-Wood quoted on future direction of biohybrid robotics

MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood’s was included in create’s list of “10 big robotics challenges that need to be solved in the next 10 years."

3D Print

Webster-Wood featured on

MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood was featured on in an overview of her work as one of the leading researchers in the newly christened field of "organismal engineering."

Case Western Reserve University

Webster-Wood lead author on foundational paper of organismal engineering

MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood co-authored a paper that creates a foundation for the emerging field of biohybrid robotics that the authors dub “organismal engineering.”

Alliance of Advanced BioMedical Engineering

Webster-Wood featured for work with sea-slug tissue biobots

MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood was featured in an article from the Alliance of Advanced BioMedical Engineering for her lab’s development of a biohybrid robot using living tissue from sea slugs.

The Conversation

Webster-Wood authors article on biobots

MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood authored an article in The Conversation on the development of soft biohybrid robots.