During my doctoral studies at the Doctoral training centre (DTP) I focus on developing new bioengineering methods to control developing tissue shape. Defining the geometry and mechanics of developing organ-like structures is one of the unsolved challenges for turning stem cells into functional tissues.
Although my passion lies with academic research, I truly believe that the biggest impact on society comes from delivering accessible products. Therefore I have been working as a lead product developer for a start-up HingeHealth and as a transplant technician for COPE clinical trials.
The discovery of stem cells and the ways to manipulate them gave hope to a new era of cell based therapies, however only recently we have learned to to turn groups of cells into organ resembling structures - organoids. During the last few years many organoids have been created for mimicking heart, brain, intestine, eye or ear tissues and opening new possibilities for high throughput drug testing and reducing animal use. However creating an accurate and reproducible representation of naturally occurring tissues requires an in-depth understanding of developmental biology, as well as the tools to manipulate organoid composition and shape. My DPhil project aims to create new tools for the relatively young area of tissue micro-manipulation in order to understand how their shape controls development.
I consider myself lucky, that my hobby of hardware electronics and programming could be easily integrated into my bioengineering career. Apart from allowing me to create tools for my research, I had a pleasure of designing a medical device for HingeHealth and working in COPE clinical trials as a technician with novel organ perfusion devices.
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