About this Event
"Materials, Machines & Molecules in Health & Disease"
In modern medicine, advances in healthcare materials and technologies have made various treatment options available for diseases that once signaled a death sentence. These advances include the application of regenerative, patient-matched, and robotized healthcare materials and technologies. However, the technologies have not reached widespread clinical relevance. In this presentation, Dr. Abdollahi will highlight some of the challenges at the intersection of materials, machines, and biologics. She will highlight aspects of her work designing wearables, therapies and devices for neurodegenerative diseases, orthopedic, and cardiovascular applications using 3D printing, biomaterials, stem cell, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine techniques.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Sara Abdollahi is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, where she worked on several projects related to cardiovascular and neurological disorders. At present, she is applying tools in genetic neurobiology to understand the pathogenesis of Huntington’s disease-like 2. Dr. Abdollahi completed her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University. Her thesis research resulted in an optimization strategy for soft material 3D printing, which she then used to develop a patient-specific wearable pulse oximeter. Dr. Abdollahi is also interested in orthopedic technologies from her master’s research evaluating the surface transformations of bioactive glass while making bone scaffolds. This research took place at McGill University, where she also completed her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Overall, Dr. Abdollahi wants to apply her background at the intersection of materials, machines, and biologics to design therapies and devices for neurodegenerative, orthopedic, and cardiovascular diseases. While doing so, she hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists through outreach, mentorship, and science communication activities.