Lowering barriers of entry to design and manufacturing tools for tissue-based biohybrid robots

Victoria Webster-Wood, PhD
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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Research Interest
Biohybrid robotics, 3D bioprinting, computational neuroscience, bio-inspired robotics, biomaterials, soft robotics

Biohybrid robotics brings together tissue engineering, materials science, and robotics. With such broad knowledge required, barriers of entry to new researchers to the field are high. In this talk, I will present manufacturing and modeling tools that can help lower barriers of entry and discuss how we as researchers can ensure our work is accessible to future generations of biohybrid researchers.

Victoria Webster-Wood received her B.S. in 2012, M.S. in 2013, and Ph.D. in 2017 in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, receiving graduate support as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and GAANN Fellow in the Biologically Inspired Robotics Lab. She subsequently completed her postdoctoral training as a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab at the same institution.
Upon joining Carnegie Mellon University, she established the CMU Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group (B.O.R.G). The B.O.R.G.’s research focuses on the use of organic materials as structures, actuators, sensors, and controllers toward the development of biohybrid and organic robots and biohybrid prosthetics.