Developing marbled cultivated beef
Dr. Rowat is developing microporous plant-based scaffolds to allow myotubes and adipocytes to co-culture and produce thick cuts of marbled cultivated meat.
PRODUCTION PLATFORM: Cultivated
TECHNOLOGY SECTOR: Scaffolding
This project aims to optimize myotube growth on nanofibers by tuning diameter and stiffness. It uses plant-based microporous scaffolding that favors adipocyte growth, and integrates these scaffolds to co-culture myotubes and adipocytes in order to grow marbled cultivated meat.
This work will enable growth and differentiation of multiple cell types simultaneously and will improve the texture and sensory appeal of cultivated meat.
Dr. Amy Rowat
Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dr. Rowat has experience using physical properties of cells to understand physiology and disease. She combines physics and engineering techniques with biology to form heterogeneous scaffolding for texturing cultivated beef.
Bridging the gap between the science of cultured meat and public perceptions
Check out this recent review paper from Dr. Rowat on the public acceptability of cultivated meat.
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Learn about Dr. Marcelle Machluf’s work designing cellular building blocks for cultivated meat with at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
GFI is building plant-based tissue scaffolds for cultivated meat with Dr. Masatoshi Suzuki at University of Wisconsin, Madison
Learn about GFI grantee Dr. Sara Oliveira’s work 3D bioprinting scaffolds for cultivated meat the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in Portugal.
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