Faces of bioprinting: Meet CELLINK product specialist, Saviz Ehyai!

Name: Saviz Ehyai
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Position: Product Specialist

Hello! I’m a new Product Specialist at CELLINK with a varied background. I have a PhD in molecular biology from York University in Toronto, Canada where my research focused on cardiovascular disease; during this time, I also taught many undergraduate biology courses. I then researched Alzheimer’s Disease as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg before starting work at CELLINK. While completing my PhD, I also served as the Vice President of Finance and Services at the York University Graduate Students’ Association, and helped found the York Graduate Management Consulting Association and served as its inaugural Director of Finance. And finally, before starting graduate studies, I worked at Best Buy Canada selling home theatre products, which gave me great customer service and sales experience!

What sparked your interest to work with 3D bioprinting?
During my PhD training, I met a colleague in the chemistry department who was growing 3D cell cultures using a unique chemical compound. That was when I fully understood the power of 3D cell culture and its advantages over traditional 2D culture (in terms of biological relevance and providing a superior model system). Later on, during my post-doc in Sweden, I could see the limitations of 2D cell culture models in my research, and that’s when I heard about CELLINK. When I saw the types of technologies they provide, I was amazed to see how far 3D bioprinting had progressed since my PhD. There are very tangible benefits to 3D bioprinting in a wide scope of research, from regenerative medicine to cancer treatment. And so, I applied!

What do you hope to see happen with 3D bioprinting during your lifetime?
I think I’m young enough to be able to witness the successful bioprinting of human organs in my lifetime. We may not be there yet, but at the pace we’re going, I don’t think it’s crazy to think that I’ll see it happen one day.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I like watching curling more than hockey. But it’s pretty Canadian, so I don’t think many people complain (I get the occasional jab though.)

What was your dream job as a child?
My dream job as a child was to be a computer engineer like my mom, but then I realized how much math was involved and it was no longer a dream job.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?
The ability to have a nanosecond reaction time (I’d win a few Stanley Cups for the Maple Leafs!)

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