Meat Bioprinting

Development of Animal-Free Bioinks and Muscle/Fat Tissue Modeling

New Harvest Research Fellow: Jannis Wollschlaeger, PhD Student at Reutlingen University, Germany

Project Start Date: September 2019

Project Duration: Three year, full-time

Institutes: Reutlingen University, Germany

Supervisors: Prof. Petra J. Kluger (Professor for Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication; School of Applied Chemistry, Reutlingen University, Germany)

Prof. Melina Claussnitzer (Head of Department for Nutritional Sciences; Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutritional Science, University of Hohenheim, Germany)

Project Abstract: 

This research project deals with investigations in the field of the cellular agriculture. Concretely, it is aimed to print building blocks of meat with two different cell types (fat and muscle cells) mimicking the form of native meat tissue from beef or pig and showing similar texture. Prior to that:

  • a defined low-cost co-culture medium for fat and muscle cells has to be developed
  • animal-free biomaterials suitable as bioinks have to be identified and characterized
  • computer-aided design (CAD) models for simplified meat building blocks have to be created
  • all the previous steps have to be combined in the bioprinting process