Congress Unplugged presents Krishanu Saha, Postdoctoral Fellow at Whitehead Institute and an STS and Society in Science Branco-Weiss Fellow.
Krishanu Saha is an STS and Society in Science Branco-Weiss Fellow. Kris seeks to expand his background in working with nascent human engineered materials to investigate the modeling of diseases at the cellular level with human â€œreprogrammedâ€ stem cell lines. By drawing on analytical tools in both science and STS, this project will examine the assumptions built into â€œdiseases in a dish.â€ As these diseases in a dish are constructed through stem cell biology and engineering, laboratory work will be extended to examine the moral, economic, and political status of these objects.
Kris studied Chemical Engineering at Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley. In his dissertation he worked on experimental and computational analyses of neural stem cell development, as well as the design of new materials for adult stem cell culture.
In 2007 he moved to the laboratory of Rudolf Jaenisch at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a postdoctoral fellow. Since 2006 he has worked with human embryonic stem cells and the institutional policies surrounding them.
Application of engineering principles and equipment to biology and medicine. It includes the development and fabrication of life-support systems for underwater and space exploration, devices for medical treatment (seedialysis, prosthesis), and instruments for monitoring biological processes. Development has been particularly rapid in the area of artificial organs, which culminated in the implantation of an artificial heart into a human being in 1982. Bioengineers also develop equipment that enables humans to maintain body functions in hostile environments, such as the space suits worn by astronauts during extravehicular maneuvers.