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Yale's Center for Engineering and Innovation Design and Their Efforts to Make 3D Printed Organs

Presented by Joseph Zinter

In just over a year, the 3-D printers at Yale’s Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) have created numerous and varied parts, prototypes, and a wide array of curiosity driven experiments in plastic. Now, Dr. Mark Michalski is using them to print organs- arteries and bones, a liver, a heart, and a knee. Dr. Michalski is hoping to eventually 3D print a human brain.

These 3D models are by no means mere curiosities but, rather, serve as communication tools by providing precise three-dimensional replicas of the idiosyncratic, usually diseased, anatomy of specific human patients- unique models that can be helpful to medical students, clinicians, and, Michalski hopes, patients trying to understand what’s happening inside their bodies.

  • The motivation behind 3D printing organs
  • Exploring the potential uses of these 3D models
  • Addressing the challenges and the ultimate benefits of the process
  • Looking to the future of 3D printing within the medical field
Joseph Zinter, Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation and Design
Joseph Zinter

Associate Director, Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation and Design

Joseph is the Assistant Director of the new Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID), a 10,000 sq. ft. facility aimed at encouraging and supporting cross-disciplinary collaboration, idea generation, and realization of technologies to improve the human experience. He also lectures and conducts workshops on design thinking, engineering design, prototyping, and design and commercialization of technology in developing world contexts. Prior to joining Yale he acted as Design Preceptor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds a BS (Columbia University) and MS (Cornell University) in Applied Physics, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Yale University).

Mark Michalski, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Mark Michalski

Radiology Resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Dr. Mark Michalski is currently a radiology resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and an electee to the American Board of Radiology’s B. Leonard Holman Research Pathway. He has previously worked at Genetech supporting portfolio valuation and pipeline strategy, and at, developing strategy for predicting and preventing infectious threats.

As a medical student, Dr. Michalski conducted imaging research in the Moleular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS) to develop nanotechnology-empowered imaging tools. He has also been a part of expanding internet access in rural Nepal, exploring molecular diagnostics at a biotech in Estonia, and establishing policy for the Human Genetics Programme at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Dr. Michalski received a BS with honors from UCLA in Cybernetics and a MD from Stanford University School of Medicine.