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Lectures at the Leading Edge (ChemEng)

October 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Engineering Human Organoids, Organs, and Societies, with Kelly Stevens, from the University of Washington.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 5 from 12-1PM (Eastern Time) on Zoom and will be recorded.

ChemE community, the talk link and passcode will be sent through email closer to the date.

External members are required to register at tinyurl.com/LLE5oct22 to receive the Zoom details. External registration closes at 9am on Monday, October 3.

Should you have any questions, please email Jennifer Hsu at jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca.


Although much progress has been made in building engineered human tissues and organs over the past several decades, replicating complex tissues remains an enormous challenge. To overcome this challenge, our field first needs to create better three-dimensional spatial maps, or “blueprints” of human tissues and organs. We also need to then understand how these spatial blueprints encode positional processes in tissues. During the lecture, I will describe some of our work to develop multimodal “google maps” of human organs, as well as both biological and technological means to build these organs. Finally, I will speak to how we might together better built a more impactful profession by leveraging the power of all human intellect.

Dr. Kelly Stevens is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, and Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Washington. Dr. Stevens’ research team focuses on human organ design. Her team is developing molecular blueprints of human organs, as well as new methods to build engineered organs, as through 3D printing and synthetic morphogenesis. Dr. Stevens also works to disseminate the message that to develop advances that equitably improve the lives of all people, our profession needs to include all people. Dr. Stevens has received numerous honors and awards as a result of her work, including Elected Co-Chair of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine New Voices Cohort, AIMBE Fellow, Allen Distinguished Investigator Award, NIH New Innovator Award, BMES CMBE Rising Star Award, John Tietze Stem Cell Scientist Award, Keck Foundation Award, and Gree Scholar Award.
Lectures at the Leading Edge (LLE) is an annual lecture series hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. LLE engages world-class researchers and thought leaders in Canada and around the world to spark conversations on the latest innovations in existing and emerging areas relevant to chemical engineering, applied chemistry and the engineering profession. This year’s theme is “Envisioning the Future of Chemical Engineering.”


October 5, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm