Tissue Engineering in Microgravity
Jessica Ilenburg, Gravitational Biotechnologist at Yuri gravity
Tissue Engineering and regenerative medicine are two fast growing and fast moving research fields. With the invention of bioprinting and tissue chips two breakthrough innovations have been made and now research in microgravity (for example on the ISS) promises even more and faster progress. A lot of advantages, like less contact inhibition and unrestrained growth in all 3 dimensions make the cell structures grow bigger and more complex. This presentation focuses on the qualities of the unique research environment of microgravity and introduces a couple of research findings.
Jessica Ilenburg is doing her master studies in molecular biotechnology at Bielefeld University in Germany. Currently she is working at yuri GmbH as a gravitational biotechnologist focusing on Tissue Engineering, bioprinting and protein crystal growth in microgravity. Previously she has worked at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability in Copenhagen working with thermophilic organisms and isolating proteins of the butanol pathway.