Name: Hany AbuShall
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Position: Electrical Engineer
Hi Hany! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am an electrical engineer at CELLINK. I was born and raised in Tripoli (Libya) for twelve years and then moved to and lived in Cairo (Egypt) for 16 years. I had my good share of academic research during my postgraduate studies. I have researched nanowire lasers during my first MSc in Egypt while my second MSc in Germany was about microjet engines (e.g. micro-robot submarines!) While in Germany, I was very lucky to find love, dating my now wife, and ending up here in Blacksburg VA. CELLINK is my first professional job after being teaching engineering students for a decade.
What sparked your interest to work with 3D Bioprinting?
My major background is in engineering and in the physical sciences. Nevertheless, later during my second masters, I have developed a great interest in Biology and the kind of applications that would build on both engineering and the biomedical fields. I was fortunate while cold-calling CELLINK about their available jobs to have Erik Gatenholm (the company CEO) be the one who picked my call. I ended up having the job and loving what I do every day since I have joined the company. Although 3D printing is itself a cool technology, 3D bioprinting takes the concept to a whole new level with endless momentous and fun applications. I am proud to be part of our amazing team responsible to deliver this amazing technology to the global researching and medical communities.
What do you hope to see happen with 3D Bioprinting during your lifetime?
A lifetime is a long time to have wishful thoughts about! I would say this, I hope researchers will get soon to the point where they can be able to build human organs on demand. It will not be just a big step for our company and the field in general starting to provide our 3D bioprinters to hospitals and clinics, but more importantly to all those millions of people who are in significant need for safe and efficient organ transplantation. I hope that such a day would come sooner than later.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Unsatisfiable thirst for knowing more about what they are doing!
What was your dream job as a child?
One in which I would create and interact with intelligence.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?