In line (hopefully) with our efforts to develop a bio-reactor based on 3-D printed structures, we welcome Argus Sun, who is here in Baltimore for a couple of weeks on a teaching gig, and happened to wander into BUGSS, ready to generously share his hard-won knowledge, and set us straight on a few things. In his words
"Cell culture based on plates and petri dishes is a format that is very often seen. However many cells, whether we are talking about animal cells, bacteria or yeast naturally grow on three-dimensionally varied substrates. As a result, specialized chambers can be used for cell growth, several designs that vary the shape, method of mixing as well as nutrient addition and waste removal exist. Furthermore, bio-material scaffolds that allow tissue engineered cell growth are another inhabitant of bio-reactors. In addition, computational methods can be used to model fluid flow, chemistry and cell growth occurring in the reactor"
Argus Sun is a bioengineering graduate student at UCLA. He is interested in bio-reactors, computer simulation and embedded systems.
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