EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
BECOMING A SCIENTIST IN THE FIELD OF BIOMIMETIC MEDICINE
Are you students fascinated by nature? Can they spend hours observing natural phenomena, such as flying birds, and try to build their flying machine based on their observations? They might be on the right path to becoming scientists in the field of biomimetic! A scientist in the field of biomimetic is someone who believes the study of formation, structure or function of biologically produced substances, materials, biological mechanisms and processes can be a starting point to find solutions to humans challenges! How? by emulating designs and ideas found in nature and use them in the field of medicine. Are you curious to know more? Discover this profile!
Find out about the key skills to become a Scientist in the filed of Biomimetic Medicine.
While the most important part of a Scientist job focuses on researching, testing and analysing data, project management is often a forgotten but crucial skill to develop as a scientist. Working on funded projects, they need to be able to manage a team and manage their allocated budget to oversee the smooth running of the project.
Scientists in the field of biomimetic work on avant-garde studies which often requires technologies and knowledge outside of the initial project team. For this reason, experts in that field often have to collaborate with other international experts to share knowledge and technologies and together find answers.
While the central idea of biomimicry is that nature has already fixed many problems society is facing, scientists in the field need to observe these natural social and understand their mechanism to be able to translate, test and apply them to their field of studies.
Scientists in the field of biomimetic are people driven by curiosity as they take satisfaction in seeing what nature does to resolve mysteries and to inspire new sustainable solutions to improve people’s health and recovery.
One of the most important aspects of a scientist job is accepting to research in a field where they have less expertise. Undertaking a new project in a new area often requires them to show adaptability and humbleness.
In scientific projects, collaborators and funding are not always heaven-sent. It takes resilience for a Scientist to find someone who will financially support their research and to gather a team of motivated scientist who will join the research project.
Meet Dr. Ennio Tasciotti,
Scientist in Biomimetic Medicine
Dr Ennio Tasciotti is the founder and Director of the Center for Biomimetic Medicine at the Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI), and the Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Regeneration at the Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH). Pioneer in the field of biomimetic medicine and among the first to exploit the immune system’s regenerative power to repair tissues and restore organs’ function, what inspired him to follow this career path was the ability of scientists and doctors to solve clinical problems and give hope to sick patients.
In this third episode of our STE(A)M IT STEM Careers Podcast, Letizia Cinganotto, a researcher at INDIRE and professor at Università Telematica Degli Studi IUL, spoke with Dr Ennio Tasciotti, a pioneer in the field of biomimetic medicine.
Passionate about his field of research, Dr Tasciotti told us about how the STEM field is a world of creativity and constant discovery where one never stops learning. For him, following a STEM career path can only make students’ world a richer one. Find out more in our podcast!
CC BY 4.0: all the materials and content presented on this STEM Job profile have been provided by STE(A)M IT, a project funded by the European Union’s ERASMUS+ programme project STE(A)M IT (Grant agreement 612845-EPP-1-2019-1- BE-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD), coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN).