Developing biohybrid solutions for global grand challenges requires teaching the next generation of inventors to build with biological and synthetic materials in synchrony. To target this need, I am establishing building with (and beyond) biology as a core part of the STEM curriculum.
I have developed, tested, and disseminated materials to teach the essentials of biofabrication and bioethics to diverse audiences and been awarded grants to translate this curriculum to universities (MIT, University of Illinois, University of California Merced) and bio-maker/hackers spaces around the country.
My goal is to empower aspiring inventors to build biohybrid solutions to the grand challenges we face as a shared global community.
Implementation at UIUC: I-STEM Feature of BioE 306: BioBots in the Classroom
Implementation at UC Merced: Students Building Living Machines Out of Engineered Tissues
Raman, R., Cvetkovic, C., and Bashir, R., 2017. A Modular Approach to Design, Fabrication, and Characterization of Muscle-Powered Biological Machines. Nature Protocols, 12(3), pp.519-533. *Front Cover
Raman, R., Mitchell, M., Perez-Pinera, P., Bashir, R., and Destefano, L., 2016. Design and Integration of a Problem-Based Biofabrication Course into an Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum. Journal of Biological Engineering, 10(1), pp.10-18.