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McKelvey School of Engineering

Women's Health Technologies Seminar: Ramille Shah

Thursday, October 7 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Virtual Event

Presenting on "Biofabrication of Artificial Ovary Microenvironments".

Ramille Shah, PhD, associate professor in Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will speak.

Abstract:
Women who suffer harsh consequences of gonadal toxicity and dysfunction that arise from cancer treatments and developmental disorders have limited options for treating infertility, hormone insufficiency, and the inability to go through puberty. The female ovary consists of follicles or cell spheroids possessing the oocyte and somatic cells responsible for hormone production and cycling. In this talk I will discuss our work over the past several years in developing bioengineered microenvironments for growing and maturing ovarian follicles that could be used to expand fertility and hormone restoration options for patients, including childhood cancer survivors.

Host: Alexandra Rutz, PhD at Washington University in St. Louis

Registration is required.  To register, click here

Event Type

Seminar/Colloquia

Schools

McKelvey School of Engineering

Topic

Science & Technology, Medicine & Health

Department
Biomedical Engineering
Event Contact

Mimi Hilburg | mhilburg@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Prof. Ramille Shah is an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Dimension Inx, LLC.  She has over 20 years experience in the biomaterials and tissue engineering fields and in the last 10 years has established herself as a renowned leader in materials development for 3D-printing. Her work relating to everything from ovary, organ, and musculoskeletal tissue biofabrication to new methods for printing metals, and Martian and lunar dust has led to over a dozen issued and pending patents, high impact publications, and has been featured in Forbes Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine (also named Crain’s 40 Under 40), Fox 32 News, National Public Radio, the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation News, and other national and international media outlets. In 2016, Prof. Shah co-founded Dimension Inx, LLC to facilitate the translation and commercialization of the 3D-printable material technologies developed in her lab. As Chief Scientific Officer of Dimension Inx, Prof. Shah leads the regulatory and product development strategy, and supports the research, innovation, and quality management activities at Dimension Inx. This year she was elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for “outstanding contributions to bioengineering and promoting women entrepreneurship through commercialization of innovative medical devices that fill unmet clinical needs”. Prof. Shah earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Northwestern University and her doctorate in MSE with a specialty in Biomaterials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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