(October 14, 2016) Assistant Professor Dr. Blake Johnson was a featured guest during the morning edition of the WVTF Public Radio. The segment, titled “Personalized Implantables: Where Art & Science Meet; an Exhibition,” introduced the upcoming art exhibit at Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech by artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, who explores the places where art and technology meet. One piece in the exhibit is a bio-engineered human ear (made at Wake Forest University), which is a work of art that could also function as a medical device. Dr. Johnson spoke on one of his research areas: personalized implantables. He has been working on printing artificial body parts that would ultimately take over and transform into a piece of living tissue. According to his interview, a new relationship has been formed among art, engineering, and science, since 3-D printing became viable in the last 20 years.
Please go to the page "Personalized Implantables: Where Art & Science Meet; an Exhibition" to listen to the segment (2:17).