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Meghan McCarthy

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Program Lead, 3D Printing and Biovisualization, NIH/NIAID at Medical Science & Computing (MSC)

Full Biography

Meghan McCarthy, Ph.D., is Program Lead for 3D Printing and Biovisualization in the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. She is project lead for the NIH 3D Print Exchange (, a free, community-driven resource for sharing and creating 3D-printable models related to bioscience and medicine, including open hardware for laboratory use. Since the outset of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Exchange platform has been used to gather open source designs for PPE and medical devices as part of the COVID 3D TRUST initiative, a partnership with the FDA, Veterans Health Administration, and America Makes, to support supply chain gaps during the COVID-19 public health crisis. She also oversees NIAID’s services for 3D modeling and printing, and research and development in virtual and augmented reality for scientific and biomedical visualization. Dr. McCarthy is an advocate for open source software and design sharing, and contributes to working groups dedicated to the improvement 3D data standards and initiatives promoting women and minorities in STEM. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech, and an M.S. in Biotechnology and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University College Cork, Ireland.