Name: Jim Engström
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Position: Senior Cell Biologist in the Bioink and Tissue Engineering team
Hi Jim! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in a tiny village in the deep forests of Värmland, close to the Norwegian border. Moved to Gothenburg in 2002 to study, and except for two years in Denmark, I have lived here since then. Started working in 2007 and have been working mainly with stem cells since 2009. In January this year I started my journey here at CELLINK.
In my spare time I love fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking and outdoor activities in general.
What sparked your interest to work with 3D Bioprinting?
I had heard so much about it and about CELLINK, but I did honestly not know exactly what 3D bioprinting was… But the more I looked into it, the more interested and excited I got. And I realized that I wanted to apply my background and experience from the stem cell field in the world of 3D-bioprinting.
What do you hope to see happen with 3D Bioprinting during your lifetime?
I want to see great advances within the field of regenerative medicine in general and the development of better disease models for pharmaceuticals. I would love to see stem cell derived therapies for the cure of type 1 diabetes, Alzheimers and Parkinson for example. And of course, printing whole organs. Imagine printing a new heart or a liver!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love making fishing lures 🙂
What was your dream job as a child?
Archaeologist! I even spent a summer on dig site in the village where I grew up.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
The ability to do laundry with the blink of an eye! (and always having perfect hair… 😉)