Our laboratory studies the influence of extrinsic factors on skin model production. In particular, we investigate the influence of external stresses on intra- and inter-batch variability. We also study the use of additively manufactured silicone bioreactors to introduce extrinsic factors in a reproducible and highly controlled way.
skin model fabrication
In vitro skin models enable the identification and validation of drug candidates for the development of novel therapies. However, a widespread issue is their high intra- and inter-batch variability which is a consequence of their unstandardized production. Irregularities in skin model quality thereby limit the reliable evaluation of experiments.
Our vision is to facilitate and accelerate the research in the domain of tissue engineering using novel design approaches with advanced manufacturing technologies for improved bioreactors and skin culturing devices. Besides biological and biochemical components in skin model production, various extrinsic factors have been shown to affect skin model quality.
We investigate the influence of such factors on skin model quality. Based on these results we develop new bioreactors, skin culturing devices and technically assisted workflows to reduce the variability of in vitro skin models.
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