Meet an Engineer: Engineer the Microbiome!

April 29, 2021 5:00 pm
April 29, 2021 6:00 pm
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The microbiome is a collection of trillions of bacteria that reside in and on our bodies. Each person’s microbiome is unique — just like a fingerprint — and researchers are finding more and more ways in which it impacts our health and daily lives. One example involves an apparent link between the brain and the bacteria in the gut.

However, many studies into the brain-gut axis have stalled because of one central problem: the lack of an adequate testable model of the gut.

Dr. Catherine Cabrera from MIT Lincoln Laboratory will share how she and her colleagues are using 3D printing and rapid prototyping to build better models of the human gut.

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  • About the Expert
    I’ve always been fascinated by the power of biology and knew I wanted to find ways to combine biology with engineering to change the word. In college, I combined my love of math, chemistry, biology, and problem solving by studying both chemical engineering and biochemistry and I carried that passion into graduate school, getting a PhD in bioengineering.

    Since joining MIT-LL almost 20 years ago, I’ve enjoyed being part of expanding how we apply bioengineering to solve problems and now lead the Biological & Chemical Technologies Group.

    After growing up on the east coast (Virginia), going to college on the gulf coast (Houston), and graduate school on the west coast (Seattle), I am thrilled to be back to the best time zone here in Cambridge. Outside of work, I enjoy playing games with family and friends, reading, and trying to understand my cat.
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Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

For the 2021 Festival, we will host a month-long celebration of STEAM in our community with an overarching theme of gratitude and appreciation. During the month of April 2021, we will showcase creative digital and virtual entries from our rich STEAM community.

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