STEM Tavern at Soaring Ridge

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Date(s) - Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


What makes a talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) even more entertaining? Why, beer of course!

Join our monthly STEM Tavern that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. For each beer sold at STEM Tavern, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western Virginia! A food truck will also be on hand.

If you are interested in more information about the STEM Tavern programming, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at  svanzele@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.). Talks begin at 6:00 pm!

November 8: Patrick Thayer and Elisabeth Rebholz “Impact of 3D bioprinting in the biomedical research field and medicine”

In recent years the popularity of 3D printing has exploded in popularity. Did you know that researchers have been using 3D printing for the fabrication of tissue constructs and other scaffolds with the eventual goal of producing implantable tissues and organs for transplantation? This exciting emerging field known as 3D bioprinting promises to revolutionize the medical research field and clinical treatments. Come learn about 3D bioprinting and the work that is being done in it by Boston/Blacksburg based CELLINK. At CELLINK we design and develop both 3D bioprinter systems and materials for printing known as bioinks. We will have several printers to demonstrate how bioprinting is different from traditional 3D printings.

Patrick Thayer is the Bioink Officer at CELLINK. Before starting at CELLINK he earned his BS from Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering and his PhD from Virginia Tech. He has have worked in various research labs on projects ranging from the influence of pathologic mechanical forces on heart valve phenotypes within strain/pressure bioreactor systems to the engineering of composite scaffolds consisting of micro-fiber and hydrogels for connective tissue engineering. Now on the other side, I hope to use my experiences in academia to develop novel tools and materials for any researcher that wants to get involved or is working in the bioprinting field.

Elisabeth Rebholz started at Cellink in August as a Bioink Engineer. She is a recent Chemical Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. During her four years at VT, she actively worked with stem cell culture and biotherapeutics through internships and research. She is currently working closely with Pat to develop and test novel bioinks.


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