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Grace O'Connell

Grace O’Connell: New Materials

Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

View the event recording and more on our Berkeley Arts + Design YouTube channel.

Grace O'Connell leads our series of lectures on Creativity across disciplines with a talk about what it means to invent a new material. In her lab, she creates new tissues to replace human tissues that wear out, such as intervertebral disc tissues and articular cartilage. She will discuss the challenges of risk, the disappointments along the way, the creative drive that allows her to carry on, the joys of collaborative creativity in a lab setting, and the thrill of creating something that works better than expected. 

Grace O'Connell is the Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence for UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Her key paper on tissue repair via galvanotaxis is linked here.