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New Harvest Cultured Tissue Fellowship Program

The New Harvest Cultured Tissue Fellowship advances the field of cellular agriculture by focusing on tissue-based agricultural products such as cultured meat, poultry, and fish.

The New Harvest Cultured Tissue Fellowship is in partnership with the Tissue Engineering Research Center (TERC), an NIH-supported initiative established in 2004 to advance tissue engineering.  The Center focuses on functional tissue engineering through a systems approach to integrate the key elements of tissue engineering: cells, scaffolds, and bioreactors.

TERC is based at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and is directed by Professor David Kaplan.  There are two main cores in TERC: a biomaterials core at Tufts University and a bioreactor core at partner institution Columbia University. Associate Director Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic runs the bioreactor core at Columbia University.

New Harvest will fund successful applicants who will work under the supervision of Professor David Kaplan.

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David Kaplan, supervisor for New Harvest Fellows, in his office at Tufts University.

M.Sc. Fellowship Project:  Bioengineering Tissues for Foods

We are seeking a student who is interested in bioengineering tunable structures, mechanics, and biology into 3D tissue systems related to their utility as foods.

The project will entail combinations of novel protein-based biomaterials as structural elements and textures, engineered tissues from various cell types and sources, and bioreactor designs to support the formation of functional tissues.  Fundamental insight into combinations of the above components related to food structure and function will be pursued, including issues of scaling and composition, texture, nutrition, and time-dependent changes during in vitro culture.

Skills in biomaterial design and processing, cell culture, and bioreactor functions will be gained in the project.

 

Ph.D. Fellowship Project: Bioengineering Tissues for Foods

We are seeking a student who is interested in bioengineering tunable structures, mechanics, and biology into 3D tissue systems related to their utility as foods.

The project will entail combinations of novel protein-based biomaterials as structural elements and textures, engineered tissues from various cell types and sources, and bioreactor designs to support the formation of functional tissues.  Fundamental insight into combinations of the above components related to food structure and function will be pursued, including issues of scaling and composition, texture, nutrition, and time-dependent changes during in vitro culture.

Skills in biomaterial design and processing, cell culture, and bioreactor functions will be gained in the project.  Further, fundamental insight into the biology, biomaterials, and cultivation needs related to 3D large tissue structure and function will be the major outcome, and applied utility will be the context for these systems.  There is also ample leeway to explore tissue-specific outcomes of interest related to more selected foodstuffs as the project progresses. 

 

Application Guidelines 

You can apply to the New Harvest Fellowship program in two ways:

Route 1: Apply for funding from New Harvest > Receive conditional fellowship approval (conditional on being admitted to Tufts Graduate School) > Apply to Tufts Graduate Program > Get admitted to Tufts Graduate School > Receive funding from New Harvest.

OR

Route 2: Apply to Tufts Graduate Program > Get admitted to Tufts Graduate School > Apply for funding from New Harvest > Secure funding from New Harvest

Applicants who receive interest from New Harvest but aren’t accepted to Tufts Graduate Program will be assisted in seeking other research opportunities. 

 

Application Requirements

  • Academic Records: Please submit transcript copies from each college or university you attended where you earned credit toward an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree. ¬†Transcripts for study abroad or transfer programs are not required if the course titles, grades, and credit hours are included on the transcript of the degree-granting institution. ¬†If the transcript is in a language other than English, please provide an official translation.
  • R√©sum√©/Curriculum Vitae: Please submit your current r√©sum√© or CV including dates of your educational history, employment, academic honors, scholarships, publications, and other activities.
  • A personal statement: In 1,500 words or less, tell us your story. ¬†Why does this research matter to you? ¬†When and how did you get interested in this topic? ¬†What is your intent in pursuing this work? ¬†Where do you hope it will take you?
  • Applicants must also meet¬†the requirements of Tufts Graduate Program¬†or already be a Tufts graduate student.

Send inquiries and applications to info@new-harvest.org