To develop biohybrid solutions for global grand challenges, we must first teach the next generation of inventors to build with biological and synthetic materials in synchrony.
To target this need, I am working to establish building with (and beyond) biology as a core part of the engineering curriculum. I have helped design and teach courses at the University of Illinois and at MIT focused on teaching students the process of ethically designing, building, evaluating, and optimizing bio-bots targeted at a variety of applications. Portions of this class have also been translated to other institutions, such as UC Merced. 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., 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.