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Cultured Meat: A Safe and Sustainable Protein Alternative at the Human-Animal Interface

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:00pm

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ME-EM Virtual Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

proudly presents

Chang Kyoung (CK) Choi, PhD

Michigan Technological University


The world is tragically threatened by the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease, 2019) outbreak. With its abrupt interruption of nearly every aspect of life, this disease has nearly overshadowed life as we have known it in recent years. Most infectious human diseases, including this coronavirus, originate from the human-animal interface. SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 as opposed to the first SARS-coronavirus in 2002-2003) causes the COVID-19 illness. SARS-CoV-2 is a zoonotic virus, which means that is transmitted from animals to humans. One example of the impacts of human activity on zoonotic viruses is the Nipah viral outbreak in Malaysia in 1998, which occurred due to deforestation. In this case, forests were cleared for pig farms and the virus was transmitted to humans by the fruit bats that lost their native habitat due to that deforestation. The loss of biodiversity and deforestation have significantly increased the risk of zoonotic viruses being transmitted to humans.


Dr. Choi is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. He has a strong passion for teaching and has research experience in multiple areas of heat transfer, phase changes, and  biomedical applications. He is particularly interested in developing a versatile and highly capable multimodality imaging system. He has published 81 peer-reviewed journal papers as of 2020 and more than 100 conference proceedings and presentations. Dr. Choi has been a chair and co-chair of the visualization technical committee (K-22) in the heat transfer division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and has served as a topic organizer of Photogallery-heat transfer visualization for ASME-IMECE, the ASME-SHTC, and other conferences. He is a recipient of the 2016 Michigan Tech Distinguished Teaching Award in the Associate Professor or Professor category. In addition, he was a Technical Group H (Mechanical Engineering) councilor of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA). He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Flow Visualization and Image Processing, a guest editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer, and an associate editor of the Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology Advances.

Invited by: Radheshyam Tewari

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