First steps toward bioprinting artificial cells


Duarte Campos, Daniela (Heidelberg University)


Artificial cells are biomimetic systems used to study properties of biological cells and to explore new possible applications in place of biological cells. Tissue engineering aims at replacing or recovering damaged or diseased tissues, or reconstituting tissues in vitro for disease modelling and drug development. Artificial cells can be combined with modern biofabrication strategies like bioprinting to generate bottom-up 3D tissues and organs. The Duarte Campos Bioprinting Lab investigates biofabrication technologies and biomaterials suitable for tissue and organ engineering, and their impact on the structure and function of natural and synthetic living tissues. This lecture will show our major achievements toward engineering lab-grown tissues and in vitro models using biological cells, and report on our first steps on the path to bioprinting tissues with artificial cells.


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