Making fibrous cultivated meat
Dr. Samandari is exploring a process for high-throughput production of whole-cut cultivated meat through multicompartmental bioprinting.
PRODUCTION PLATFORM: Cultivated
TECHNOLOGY SECTOR: Bioprocess design
This project will work to develop a biofabrication strategy that enables rapid alignment and maturation of muscle cells. The project also incorporates intramuscular fat compartments and reinforcing fibers to biomimic thick cuts of meat. The outcome would provide a low-cost, high-throughput technology for creating thick cuts of cultivated meat with the appropriate sensory characteristics via better textural design.
Dr. Mohamadmahdi Samandari
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Connecticut Health Center, USA
Dr. Samandari has experience researching the interface of biomechanics, microfluidics, and tissue engineering. Currently, he is integrating microfluidic technologies with biomaterials and biofabrication to develop effective bioinks and bioprinting strategies for enhanced myogenesis in vitro and in vivo.
Dr. Ali Tamayol
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, USA
Dr. Ali Tamayol is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut Health Center. His research is translational and focused on developing tools that facilitate the treatment of musculoskeletal and skin injuries as well as addressing other unmet needs such as food scarcity. He is currently leading multiple federally funded projects involving skeletal muscle tissue engineering. Dr. Tamayol will work closely with Dr. Samandari for characterization of bioprinted constructs, cellular behavior, extraction of primary cells and their co-printing.
Dr. Olivier Pourquié
Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, USA
Dr. Olivier Pourquié is a Professor of Development Biology and Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He is an expert in muscle physiology and development. Dr. Pourquié will provide insight on the characterization of cellular growth, fate, and differentiation.
Dr. Razieh Farzad
Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Florida USA
Dr. Farzad is an Assistant Professor of Food Science with expertise in cell-line development and food quality characterization. She will provide insight on the quality of the protein expression in the cultured products and characterization of the meat quality.
Controlling cellular organization in bioprinting through designed 3D microcompartmentalization
Check out Dr. Samandari’s peer-reviewed paper for more detailed information about the biotechnologies being utilized in this research project.
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