Harvard Science Book Talk: Ritu Raman, in conversation with Jermy Matthews, "Biofabrication"


Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 6:00pm

Where Online: https://www.harvard.com/event/virtual_event_ritu_raman/
When November 10, 2021 @6:00PM
Organization/Sponsor Harvard Division of Science, Harvard Library, and Harvard Book Store
Speaker(s)  Ritu Raman (MIT), Jermy Matthews (MIT)
Cost free
Contact Info science_lectures@fas.harvard.edu

You are a biological machine whose movement is powered by skeletal muscle, just as a car is a machine whose movement is powered by an engine. If you can be built from the bottom up with biological materials, other machines can be as well. This is the conceptual starting point for biofabrication, the act of building with living cells—building with biology in the same way we build with synthetic materials. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Ritu Raman offers an accessible introduction to biofabrication, arguing that it can address some of our greatest technological challenges.


Ritu Raman is the d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her lab is centered on engineering adaptive living materials for applications in medicine and machines. Prof. Raman has received several recognitions for scientific innovation, including being named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 lists. She is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM and has championed many initiatives to empower women in science, including being named a AAAS IF/THEN ambassador and founding the Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT (WISDM).

Jermey Matthews joined the MIT Press after working for nine years as a science writer and the book reviews editor for Physics Today magazine. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's and a PhD degree in chemical engineering. His current focus is on trade books and textbooks in physics, astronomy, chemistry, materials science, mechanical, chemical and civil engineering, and mathematics.

For more information and videos of Harvard Science Book Talks, see https://science.fas.harvard.edu/book-talks.