Diversifying cultivated meats


Dr. Schultz is developing hybrid hydrogel-based scaffolds to facilitate cultivated meat structuring, nutrient sensing and delivery, and scaleup.



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Project aims

This project will help produce a hybrid hydrogel-based scaffold for cultivated meat production which would provide a modular and scalable alternative to existing scaffold systems. The work will  also assess the feasibility of promoting fiber alignment of cultivated meat via tunable scaffolds. Additionally, it will help overcome key barriers facing cultivated meat production, including nutrient delivery to cells and waste removal. Ultimately, this work could reduce costs of cultivated meat production via a reduced need for chemical cues for cell differentiation and growth.

Principal researcher

Gfi grantee dr. Kelly schultz, assistant professor, lehigh university, usa

Dr. Kelly Schultz

Assistant professor, Lehigh University, USA

Dr. Schultz has expertise in emerging hydrogel materials developed for biological applications. She has experience with novel methods of characterizing colloidal and polymeric gel scaffolds.

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