Dr. Ozbolat is a Hartz Family Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, Biomedical Engineering Department, and Neurosurgery Department, and a faculty member of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Materials Research Institute, Center for Neural Engineering, Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, and Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies at the Penn State University. Previously, he was a faculty member of The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA and spearheaded the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group and the Biomanufacturing Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in tissue engineering from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in Buffalo, New York, and dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Dr. Ozbolat's major research thrust is in the area of Bioprinting and Tissue Engineering. His research on bioprinting for tissue and organ fabrication has been published in several high-quality venues, received various awards and has been featured in national and international media, broadcast TVs and press numerous times. He frequently gives talks at national and international forums, conferences and seminars and organizes demonstrations and events to the public and youths to encourage participation of future's engineers in medicine, engineering and science. His technology spun off two start-up companies and he is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Alpha Pi Mu, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Society.
3D Bioprinting is a disruptive technology enabling deposition and patterning of living cells in order to manufacture replacement tissues and organs for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, disease modeling and drug screening purposes. In this talk, Dr. Ozbolat will survey the emerging field of bioprinting and its impact on medical sciences. In the first part of his seminar, he will present a wide range of 3D bioprinting efforts in manufacturing of tissue/organ substitutes performed in his laboratory in the last nine years. In the second part, he will present a new bioprinting technique, called aspiration-assisted bioprinting, for fabrication of various tissue types. Finally, he will demonstrate a new intraoperative bioprinting approach in order to repair composite soft/hard tissues during craniofacial reconstruction on a rat model in a surgical setting.