3-D Printed Cellular Machines for Soft Robotics and Tissue Engineering – Dr. Rashid Bashir

Date(s) - 01/25/19
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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3-D Printed Cellular Machines for Soft Robotics and Tissue Engineering – Dr. Rashid Bashir


Jan. 25, 2019, 8:00 pm

3D bio-printing can be a very powerful technology to produce bio-hybrid devices made of polymers and cells such as biological machines and soft robotics. The realization of such complex cellular systems will be a major challenge for the next decade and beyond, requiring knowledge from tissue engineering, synthetic biology, micro-fabrication and nanotechnology, systems biology, and developmental biology. In this talk, we will review our work and the state of the art in the area of forward design and fabrication of multi-cellular machines composed for cells and 3D printed polymers. As these “biological machines” increase in capabilities, exhibit emergent behavior, and potentially reveal the ability for self-assembly and self-repair, questions can arise also about the ethical implications of this work.

Rashid Bashir heads up the Laboratory of Integrated Bio Medication Micro/Nanotechnology & Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Their mission to integrate  biology and medicine with micro and nanotechnology can be categorized into two broad areas: how micro/nano-fabrication can help solve problems in life sciences (such as diagnostics, therapeutics, and tissue engineering), and how we can learn more from life science to solve important problems in micro/nano-science and engineering (such as bio-inspired self-assembly, etc.).

Dr. Bashir joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. He was the Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, a campus-wide clean room facility from Oct 2007 to Aug 2013 and the Co-Director of the campus-wide Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, a “collaboratory” aimed at facilitating center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. Since 2013, he has been the head of the Bioengineering Department, and from Jan 2017, he has served as the Interim Vice Dean of the new Carle-Illinois ‘Engineering Based’ College of Medicine at UIUC.  (courtesy of illinois.edu)