Ramille N. Shah
Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Surgery
PhD (2006) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Shah Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (TEAM) Laboratory develops novel processes for engineering new, highly functional 3D-printable materials. They also develop material systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, bioelectronics, energy storage and generation, advanced structures, and more. Using new, materials-centric approaches, in conjunction with defining “3D-printability”, our lab has developed platform 3D-printing material “ink” technologies that enable a single, room temperature-based 3D-printing platform to additively manufacture hundreds of distinct materials of varying function. This includes: 1) cellular (bioprinting) and acellular biomaterials for musculoskeletal, liver, kidney, muscle, skin, nerve, ovary, and other composite tissue engineering; 2) metals and alloys; 3) ceramics; 4) advanced materials such as graphene; 5) advanced composites; and 6) complex multi-material and multi-tissue systems.
Using these approaches, the Shah TEAM lab is not only greatly expanding the variety of materials that can be efficiently and rapidly 3D-printed, but it is also developing new strategies for engineering enhanced material functionality. With a strong emphasis on clinical and technological translation, the Shah TEAM lab also gives additional attention to ensuring that the new 3D-printing materials and 3D-printing process are both scalable and economical.