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Unravelling DNA damage in 3D Bioprinted Living Tissues

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Close date
Friday, 23 February 2018
Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Christchurch
On-campus or via distance?
On-campus
Qualification
Honours
Department
Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine (UOC)
Supervisors
Dr Khoon Lim, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Professor Martin Kennedy

Overview

Our group specialises in using radical mediated photo-polymerisation to 3D bioprint living tissues. In brief, human mesenchymal stem cells will be loaded into specialised light activated bioinks, then 3D printed into desired objects/shapes, with complex and ordered architecture to mimic the native tissue organisation.

This project will investigate the effect of radicals generated during the 3D printing process on cellular DNA damage, and how that affects the differentiation capability of the encapsulated stem cells.

Preferred student expertise

Cell culture experience, molecular biology, basic chemistry knowledge.

Further information

This project is one of the many available for the 2018 intake of BBiomedSc(Hons) at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus.

Contact

Dr Khoon Lim
Email   khoon.lim@otago.ac.nz