Bioprinting Experiment Successfully Organizes Mouse Fibroblast Cells
Biochemistry majors Justin Samorajski '13 and Erin Dinehart '14 and biology majors
Christina Andaloro '15 and Joella Butler '15 recently experimented in bioprinting,
a new technology that has the medical community hoping to eventually "print" new organs
for patients. Bioprinting uses three-dimensional printing technology to direct the
organization of living cells.
The students modified the Physics Department's 3-D printer, constructed last fall
by Samorajski, with a system of syringes in order to "print" with a gel mixed with
the living cells. Using UD's tissue culture lab, Samorajski led the effort at bioprinting
mouse fibroblast cells, which form connective tissue in animals and are instrumental
in wound healing.
"Bioprinting is one of the biggest scientific developments of the last few years,"
said Stephen Slaughter, assistant professor of biology. "It's still experimental,
but several universities have begun attempting to use this technology to grow organs."
For Samorajski and Butler, the bioprinting experiment was simply extracurricular.
Andaloro and Dinehart, on the other hand, will receive research credit for their work
on the student-organized project.
PHOTO: Christina Andaloro '15 works at the hood in the tissue culture lab.