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Dr. Ivo Strauss

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Dr. Ivo Strauss´s research focuses on the restoration of pudendal nerve functions in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. He is currently working on the development of a neural electrode that allows to selectively stimulate motor and/or sensory pudendal nerve fibers. His research covers:

1. Anatomical, histological, and immunohistochemical analysis of the pudendal nerve

2. Development of a thin-film intraneural electrode to stimulate the pudendal nerve

3. Electrochemical and mechanical characterization of the intraneural electrode

4. Implementation and application of biomimetic intraneural stimulation patterns in vivo.


  • 2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow - Transnational Neural Engineering, Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna "A neuroprosthesis to restore the vagal-cardiac closed-loop connection after heart transplantation"
  • 2016-2020 Ph.D. in Biorobotics & Translational Neuroscience (cum laude), Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna, Pontedera, Italy
  • 2018 Exchange doctoral student - TNE Laboratory, EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2013-2015 MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering, FH - Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 2014-2015 MSc in Rehabilitation Engineering - 3rd semester (visiting scholar), Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2010-2013 BSc in Biomedical Engineering, FH - Technikum Wien, Vienna, Austria

  • NERF-PN (DFG): A Neural Electrode to Restore lost Functions of the Pudendal Nerve

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Förderung im Walter Benjamin-Programm (STR 1762/1-1 und STR 1762/1-2)
  • Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg 
  • Verband der Freunde der Universität Freiburg
Prizes and awards

  • 5-12-2021 Misha Mahowald Prize for Neuromorphic Engineering
  • 6-05-2021 Best poster award - NER21 Neuroscience Conference "A software tool for the real-time in vivo evaluation of neural electrodes selectivity"
  • 26-05-2021 Seal of excellence - Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) in Horizon 2020
  • 22-06-2018 Best poster award - 7th Summer School of Neuroengineering "Massimo Grattarola"
  • Guest editor for the Special Issue MDPI, Micromachines: "Neural Electrodes in Bioelectronic Medicine"
  • Guest editor for the Special Issue Frontiers of Neuroscience: "Getting Neuroprosthetics out of the lab"

Supervised Thesis

  • 2020-2022 Ph.D. student Daniela De Luca "Intraneural optic nerve stimulation to restore vision in blind patients"
  • 2020-2022 Ph.D. student Alice Giannotti "Pudendal nerve recording and stimulation to restore micturition process and bladder fullness sensory feedback"
  • 2020-2022 MSc student Ciro Zinno "Increasing biocompatibility of quick to implant perpheral neural electrode (Q-PINE)"
  • 2019-2020 MSc student Alice Giannotti "A neural electrode for the stimulation and recording of the vagus nerve to control cardiac reflexes"
  • 2019-2020 MSc student Daniela De Luca "Restoring autonomic cardiovascular control in heart transplant recipients: a model-based approach"
  • 2019 MSc student Thomas Niederhoffer "Electrodeposition of poly (3,4)-ethyldioxythiophene (PEDOT) on platinum-iridium microwires to improve neuroprosthetics use"
  • 2018-2019 MSc student Adele Macri Panarese "Implementation and testing of a platform for neuroprostheses and bioelectronic medicine"
Five most important publications:

[1] Strauss I., Niederhoffer T., Giannotti A., Panarese A., Bernini F., Gabisonia K., Ottaviani M., Petrini F., Recchia F., Raspopovic S., Micera S., “The Q-PINE: a quick-to-implant peripheral intraneural electrode,” J. Neural Eng., 2020, doi: 10.1088/1741-2552/abc52a.

[2] Strauss I., Valle, G., Artoni, F., D’Anna, E., Granata, G., Di Iorio, R., Guiraud D., Stieglitz T., Rossini P. M., Petrini, F. M., & Micera, S., “Characterization of multi-channel intraneural stimulation in transradial amputees,” Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1–11, Dec. 2019, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-55591-z.

[3] Petrini F. M., Valle G., Strauss I., Granata G., Di Iorio R., D’Anna E., Čvančara P., Mueller M., Carpaneto, J., Clemente, F. Controzzi, M., Bisoni, L., Carboni, C., Barbaro, M., Iodice, F., Andreau, D., Hiairrassary, A., Divoux, J. L., Cipriani, C., Guiraud, D., Raffo, L., Fernandez, E., Stieglitz, T., Raspopovic, S., Rossini, P.M., Micera, S., “Six-Month Assessment of a Hand Prosthesis with Intraneural Tactile Feedback: Hand Prosthesis,” Annals of Neurology, vol. 85, no. 1, pp. 137–154, Jan. 2019, doi: 10.1002/ana.25384.

[4] Cracchiolo M., Ottaviani M. M., Panarese A., Strauss I., Vallone F., Mazzoni A., Micera S., “Bioelectronic medicine for the autonomic nervous system: clinical applications and perspectives,” J Neural Eng, Feb. 2021, doi: 10.1088/1741-2552/abe6b9.

[5] Čvančara, P., Valle, G., Mueller, M., Guiho, T., Hiairrassary, A., Petrini, F., Raspopovic S., Strauss I., Granata G., Fernandez E., Rossini P. M., Barbaro M., Yoshida K., Jensen W., Divoux J. L., Guiraud D., Micera S., Stieglitz T., “On the Reliability of Chronically Implanted Thin-Film Electrodes in Human Arm Nerves for Neuroprosthetic Applications,” Bioengineering, preprint, May 2019. doi: 10.1101/653964.


Dr. Ivo Strauss
Postdoc Researcher
E-Mail: ivo.strauss@imtek.de
Telephone: +49 (0)761 203 67634
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