Serum-Free Media for Cell-Based Seafood
New Harvest Research Fellow: Cameron Semper, Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary
Project Start Date: August 2019
Project Duration: Two years, part-time
Institutes: University of Calgary
Supervisors: Dr. Alexei Savchenko (Associate professor; University of Calgary)
Global seafood production is struggling to keep up with increasing demand resulting from population growth. Over-exploitation of wild fisheries has repeatedly led to fishery collapse, and in the process endangered the very existence of many commercially relevant fish species. Aquafarming, once thought to be a promising solution, is rife with problems including disease outbreak, waste production, pollution and encroachment on existing ecosystems. Cell-based production of seafood represents a novel opportunity with the capability of providing solutions to the problems associated with existing seafood production; however, basic research and investment are both lacking in this area. Here, Cameron proposes to lower the barrier for entry into this area by creating serum-free growth medium specifically tailored for fish cell culture.
BioXP, in-house gene synthesizer used for the project