Friday Inspirations – Michelle Oyen

Lego in the lab, building bones.
Lego in the lab, building bones.

I did a Materials Science degree. I haven’t exactly finished yet (watch this space) – but my final year project was to do with growing bones. This has applications in a million and one places. Got osteoarthritis? Get fake bones. Cartilage injury? This will solve it one day. Had a massive break and have a defect in your bone? Bone augmentation. It’s incredibly important work, and will affect the way that people grow old/do sports/handle common injuries in the future.

We lost half of this kit to the crocodiles. It's poetic, really.
We lost half of this kit to the crocodiles. It's poetic, really.

On a slight tangent, my brother and I used to spend hours and hours and hours playing with Lego in Africa — one of my strongest memories of growing up is taking our vast collection out onto Lake Kariba in a houseboat and setting it all up in a paddling pool on deck. The side of this pool collapsed and half of our collection fell into the lake, never to be seen again.

When my colleague, T-W, sent me this video, my first response was:

You just found my Friday Inspirations for this week!

It’s just two and a half minutes. You have no excuse not to watch it…

Who else finds this inspiring, or is it just me?

Much love,

Corrie xx

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One Response to Friday Inspirations – Michelle Oyen

  1. Dopey says:

    Loved the video! It is amazing! Made me want to go to the lab…makes me miss biomaterials!

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