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Naved, Bilal

Bilal Naved
Bio Engineering

What is the RISE area of interest during your first year and why?: 
Research. I enjoy the prospect of solving questions that mankind has yet to.
What is the RISE area of interest during your second year and why?: 

Instruction because the value of teaching is enormous and I would like to involve myself further in it.

What are your involvements and or extracurricular activities?: 
Research: Johns Hopkins Medical Institute on Working on regenerating vascularized bone using bio-active scaffolds.
Instruction: Undergraduate Teaching Fellow for BioE120: Biology for Engineers.                                      
Service: Nurse's Assistant at MCC Free Medical Clinic and Vice President of the service organization Humanity First UMD

I also make music and art which may be viewed at my virtual room which is under construction but may be previewed here: graymatter.flavors.me

What is your cool engineering experience?: 

The research I do involves using bio-active scaffolds programmed with stem cells to regenerate vascularized bone in the cranial defects of mice. This work involves two labs at JHMI: a bioengineering lab that creates the scaffolds and a transplant surgery lab that implants these scaffolds into the mice. I am part of the transplant surgery lab and perform surgery on these mice to implant scaffolds into their skulls. I am also part of the bioengineering lab which is responsible for the design of the bioactive scaffolds I get to work on bioengineering relevant projects while furthering my abilities as an aspiring surgeon. As a member of both labs I get to be part of the integrative nature of research involving bench science and its applicabilities to living systems. This allows me to learn in an environment that I hope to continue in the future by working towards becoming a bridge between the science of tissue engineering and the clinical side of regenerative medicine. I envision a world where people no longer have to worry about failed organs, clogged arteries, weakening bones/muscles, or even deteriorating senses. Such a world will take a multi-disciplined approach of engineering and medicine of whom I wish to be but one player. I look forward to creating devices, interventions, or techniques to help further the vision.