Stem cells: 3d printing life
Alan Faulkner Jones created his very own bio printer, carefully crafting a machine that will print stem cells. This machine and the research the team are doing at Heriot-Watt University in Dr. Shu's Biomedical Microengineering research group is paving the way toward an era of artificially created organs, making donor lists, transplants and animal testing a thing of the past.
Alan will share his experiences and the insights that this work on the cutting edge of medical science has given him.
SPEAKER: Alan Faulkner Jones
Alan Faulkner-Jones is a PhD student in Dr. Shu's Biomedical Microengineering research group at Heriot-Watt University. He completed his undergraduate Masters degree in Robotics and Cybertronics, a multidisciplinary area between Mechanical, Electrical and Software Engineering, at Heriot-Watt University in 2010. During his undergraduate degree he spent a summer working in the Advanced Projects group at SELEX GALILEO creating novel vision-based surveillance algorithms. His PhD is centred around the development of an automated 3D live cell printer for tissue engineering, organ repair and reconstruction.
HONOURS & AWARDS
2013 - Cell/Organ printer voted third most important innovation likely to shape our future in the Great British Innovation Vote
2012 - First Prize at the SUPA INSPIRE Poster Competition
2012 - 2nd Year Postgraduate Research Prize, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, HWU
2012 - Oral Presentation Prize at the HWU Annual Postgraduate Conference
2011 - First Prize at the SUPA INSPIRE Poster Competition
2010 - Awarded a SUPA Physics and Life Sciences Industrial Studentship
2008 - 3rd Year (Undergraduate) Digital Design Project Prize (First Place), HWU
2005 - 1st Year (Undergraduate) Prize, HWU