Dr. Ryan D. Sochol currently works at the intersection of micro/nanoscale engineering, chemistry, and biology as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prof. Ryan Sochol’s Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) Laboratory utilizes micro/nanoscale 3D printing approaches to solve mechanically and physically-complex biological and biomedical challenges, with a focus on creating “Organ-on-a-Chip” living systems that mimic the physiological architectures, biophysical characteristics, and functions of organs in vivo.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Sochol served two primary academic roles: (i) as an NIH Fellow within the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and (ii) as the Director of the Micro Mechanical Methods for Biology (M3B) Laboratory Program – a division of the Liwei Lin Laboratory – within the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Dr. Sochol majored in Mechanical Engineering, receiving his B.S. from Northwestern University in 2006, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley, in 2009 and 2011, respectively, with Doctoral Minors in Bioengineering and Public Health. Thereafter, Dr. Sochol served as a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Shoji Takeuchi’s Laboratory at the University of Tokyo and as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Prof. Liwei Lin’s Laboratory (while collaborating with the labs of Prof. Luke P. Lee, Prof. Song Li, and Prof. Kristofer S.J. Pister) at UC Berkeley. During this time, Dr. Sochol established the M3B Lab, through which he advised over 80 student researchers as Program Director on using advanced additive manufacturing methods for biology. This work led to Dr. Sochol’s postdoctoral position at Harvard-MIT, where he worked with Prof. Ali Khademhosseini, Dr. Joseph V. Bonventre, and Dr. Reza Abdi developing 3D printed “Kidney-on-a-Chip” platforms.