Lin Chen is a fourth-year Ph.D. student studying chemical and biomolecular engineering. At Beckman, she works with Rohit Bhargava in the Computational Imaging Group. Chen's current research focuses on 3D bioprinting and surface chemistry for building biomimetic vascular scaffolds.
Originally from: Taiwan
When did you first take an interest in your field?
I started taking interest in photocurable biomaterials when I was an undergraduate researcher.
What kind of research are you working on?
I work on developing protocols for fabricating complex 3D-printed microchannels. These microchannels play a critical role in transporting fluids and oxygen, facilitating 3D tissue constructs with high cellular density.
Beckman’s mission is to build a better world. How does your research make our world better?
Organ shortage is a major problem around the globe. My research focuses on making vasculatures, which is a crucial step toward making large artificial organs.
How has your affiliation with the Beckman Institute helped you?
The Beckman Café offers affordable food, and I like their one dollar brownies.
Describe a transformative moment or experience you have had at Beckman.
As graduate students, we face failed experimental results on a daily basis. I have learned to not associate these failures with my self-worth. Also, I have developed a workout routine that helps me gain a sense of achievement!
Tell us about your post-university plans!
I wish to get a biomaterial or bioprinting-related industry job after graduation. I also want to get a cat.
What do you like to do outside of the classroom or lab?
I play with my friend’s cat, Chewy. I also go to bars, watch movies, and play video games.
Favorite local restaurant: Red Robin
Top three songs at the moment: CVS, Safer Place, I’m Fine
Winter break plans: Hanging out with friends.
Favorite winter activity: Staying comfy in a hot tub.
Currently streaming/watching: Loki