Name: Maria Laura Rodriguez

Location: Boston, MA

Position: Application Engineer

Hi Maria! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, but I moved to the U.S. to pursue my passion for bioengineering. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology. During my college career, I had the opportunity to complete two internships: one at Massachusetts General Hospital and one with CELLINK.

Now, I am thrilled to be working for such an amazing company! I enjoy innovating and solving problems to help others, and that is something I get to do every day at CELLINK. During my free time, I like to watch Ted Talks, bike around the city, or read a good book. I love traveling around the world and learning new languages.

What sparked yourinterest to work with 3D Bioprinting?

Bioprinting is engineering at its best! I have always been amazed by the complexity of the human body. The fact that we can engineer tissues almost from scratch is incredible. The idea of a human creating such a complex system is what sparked my interest. 3D bioprinting merges the fields I love: biology, medicine, and engineering. It is highly interdisciplinary and has so many applications.

What do you hope to see happen with 3D Bioprinting during your lifetime?

I hope I get to see doctors widely using bioprinted tissues and organs on-demand for clinical purpose. I can imagine a future where bioprinters become a standard device in hospitals, and patients don’t have to wait for donated organs.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I started studying Medicine back home before coming to the U.S. I thought I wanted to be a surgeon, but I became more interested in bioengineering, so I switched majors.

What was your dream job as a child?

Growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian and a cardiac surgeon.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

Teletransportation, so I can travel around the world and get to see my family and friends more often.