USC Wonderkids Program

July 27, 2017

Posted: April 28, 2016, 10:42am

Almost every week, my research group, the Laboratory for Living Systems Engineering, either hosts incoming students in our lab space or visits local schools to share our knowledge of science and engineering. Last Thursday, I was able to go with my principle investigator, Dr. Megan McCain, and my fellow PhD friend, Andrew Petersen, to the 32nd Street School. A performing arts focused USC magnet school, this institution is right down the street on Exposition. I always look forward to trips like this because it’s always great to get younger students interested in biology and health!

For this after school group, we focused mainly on engineering human hearts. Although the concepts were a little technical, we utilized some modeling clay and beads to mimic synthetic tissue scaffolds and cells. Hopefully, they were able to understand our research goals in engineering cardiac tissues! I can’t wait until I get to go again.

Published on July 27th, 2017

Last updated on August 10th, 2017