Deconstructing and Reconstructing Human Organs and Societies

Kelly R. Stevens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Bioengineering 

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

University of Washington


Seminar Information

Seminar Date
November 19, 2021 - 2:00 PM

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Kelly Stevens


Evolution of the animal kingdom required that organisms generate multiple cell fates, their patterned spatial form, and ultimately emergence of higher levels of organization, such as tissues and organs. In humans, our tissues and organs cooperatively perform the many thousands of tasks essential for life. I will speak about my lab's work developing methods to visualize and replicate human tissues and organs, at the molecular, cellular, and organ levels. Our vision is that tight feedback between reading and writing of human tissues up to organ scale will ultimately enable us to build new artificial organs for human therapy.


Speaker Bio

Dr. Kelly Stevens is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, and Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at the University of Washington. Dr. Stevens' research team focuses building artificial human tissues. To do this, her team is developing molecular and cellular “blueprints” of human tissues, as well as new advanced fabrication and cellular methods for tissue construction. Dr. Stevens has received numerous honors and awards, such as selection to The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine New Voices cohort and receipt of the NIH New Innovator Award, BMES CMBE Rising Star Award, John Tietze Stem Cell Scientist Award, and Gree Foundation Scholar Award. More importantly, Dr. Stevens has sought to integrate social transformation fluidly throughout our scientific platforms. Dr. Stevens works to disseminate the message that to engineer medical advances that equitably improve the lives of all people, our profession must first include all people – diversifying our profession is the requisite engine of innovation and creativity needed to bring us into the 21st century.