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The Grand Cinema Tacoma, WA


Dr. Lathiena Nervo Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology, Pacific Lutheran University

The Fifth Element— Can You 3D Print a Person? The Science of Cell Development and Tissue Printing

Is it possible to 3D print a human? Like many things in science the answer isn't yes or no. It's somewhere in between. PLU Professor Lathiena Nervo, Ph.D. will discuss the current landscape of bioengineering, specifically 3D Bioprinting, a type of printing that requires the use of bioink made up of a compilation of organic and inorganic materials to build tissues and organs. Dr. Nervo will outline what we are currently able to 3D bioprint and the possibilities of this amazing technique in the future.

Presented as part of the 2022 National Evening of Science on Screen.

The Grand Cinema Tacoma, WA

Film Synopsis

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.

    In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to combine with the other four to keep the approaching Great Evil from destroying the world. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and zany broadcaster Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity. — Rotten Tomatoes

    Image courtesy of Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment/Photofest

    About the Speaker

    Dr. Lathiena Nervo is an Assistant Professor in Pacific Lutheran University's Biology Department where she teaches Developmental Biology and Tissue Formation and Engineering. Her research focuses on how cells communicate with each other during embryonic tissue formation and how the 3D space limitations influence that communication. She earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from UMBC and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.