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.