Faces of Bioprinting: Meet CELLINK’s Senior Cell Biologist Jim


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… 😉)

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