Linking Discoveries in Developmental Biology to 3-Dimensional Printing of New Tissues and Micro-Organs

January 8, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Roger R. Markwald, PhD, Distinguished University Professor Chair, Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Director, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center, Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, South Carolina

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, M106 2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016

Tissue and organ failures due to degenerative diseases and injury are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, exacerbated by the challenge of a shortage of organ donors. To address the need for lifesaving organs, Dr. Markwald’s laboratory is pioneering 3-D bioprinting using adult stem cells, biomimetic hydrogels, and the principles of developmental biology to engineer functional, multi-tissue replacements suitable for surgical implantation.

A public reception will precede this event in the VTC Cafe at 5 p.m.

Roger R. Markwald, PhD, is a Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also director of the Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center and a professor of pediatrics. Dr. Markwald earned bachelors degrees in biology and chemistry from California State Polytechnic University, and a masters and doctorate degree in anatomy from Colorado State University. He completed postdoctoral work at Medical University of South Carolina.