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SELECTBIO Conferences 3D-Printing in Life Sciences Conference

Paul Calvert's Biography

Paul Calvert, Professor,, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Dr. Paul Calvert is Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at New Mexico Tech. Dr. Calvert received a BA in Natural Sciences/Materials science, Cambridge, UK, 1967 and a Ph.D. in Materials engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970.
Dr. Calvert's research interests are in Biomimetrics, 3D-printing of composites, Bioprinting, Strong hydrogels, Gel-based drug delivery, and Gel sensors.

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3D-Printing of Plant Cells in Gels

Thursday, 9 July 2015 at 09:30

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A 3D printer has been used to make porous open gel “logpiles” with 200 micron bars containing embedded cells including yeast and algae.  The activity of the cells has been studied as a function of gel composition.  As expected, cells can metabolize and multiply within a 100 microns of the gel surface.  Following the activity of a yeast membrane-bound invertase and comparing this with known diffusion coefficients allows us to quantitatively model metabolism.  The gel formulations need to give good strength coupled with easy diffusion of nutrients and products will be discussed.  Diffusion coefficients have also been measured for a number of macromolecules in different types of printed gels in order to determine the possibility of using encapsulated cells in 3D gel scaffolds as small bioreactors to produce proteins.

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