Microsystems Seminar: Ryan Sochol, "Alternative Microscale 3D Printing Methods for Biology"
Thursday, February 25, 2016
1146 AV Williams Building
Alternative Microscale 3D Printing Methods for Biology
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Affiliate, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland
In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, he remarked that 3D printing could change “the way we make almost everything.” Similar to the way in which the transition from vacuum tube technologies to solid-state components transformed the field of electronics, a shift from conventional monolithic microfabrication methods (e.g., soft lithography) to emerging geometrically-versatile 3D printing processes could revolutionize diverse biological and biomedical fields. In this research seminar, Prof. Ryan D. Sochol will discuss how his Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) Laboratory is utilizing state-of-the-art micro/nanoscale 3D printing technologies – recently installed at the University of Maryland, College Park – to solve mechanically and physically-complex biological challenges. In particular, Prof. Sochol will discuss the development of: (i) 3D printed integrated microfluidic circuitry via multijet modeling (~32 µm resolution), (ii) new platforms for cell mechanobiology via two-photon direct laser writing (~100-400 nm resolution), and (iii) biomimetic “Kidney-on-a-Chip” living systems via polyjet printing (~16 µm resolution).
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Sochol served two primary academic roles: (i) as an NIH Fellow within the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and (ii) as the Director of the Micro Mechanical Methods for Biology (M3B) Laboratory Program within the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Dr. Sochol majored in Mechanical Engineering, receiving his B.S. from Northwestern University in 2006, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2009 and 2011, respectively, with Doctoral Minors in Bioengineering and Public Health. Thereafter, Dr. Sochol served as a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tokyo and as a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley. Over the past several years, Dr. Sochol has advised over 100 student researchers from universities including UC Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Wellesley, ETH Zurich, and UMD on projects at the intersection of micro/nanoscale engineering and biology.