MQP team represents BME department at the 59th ASAIO conference in Chicago
The BME Major Qualifying Project (MQP) team of Kelli Chadwick, Kali Manning, Johan Skende, and Sarah Walker presented a poster entitled “Design and Fabrication of Biomorphic 3D Bioscaffolds” at the 59th American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) at Chicago in June of 2013. The project was co-advised by Professors Granquist-Fraser and Ambady. They were one of the 8 student design teams nationwide invited to present the poster; and one of the three teams chosen to give an oral presentation at the same conference. The team used a novel scaffold design and manufacturing process utilizing biomorphic scaffold shapes based on computational models and defined by optimal surface area to volume ratios. Using these models and a low-cost 3D printer (Makerbot), the team developed fractal-based biocompatible 3 mm thick 3D tissue scaffolds that supported cell proliferation throughout the entire scaffold showing better performance compared traditional slab scaffolds. This approach would aid in developing thicker tissue scaffolds without the risk of developing necrotic core, a major drawback with the current technologies in vogue.
November 26, 2013