Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication Research Experience for Undergraduates
The MUSC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication is a 10-week summer research internship that typically runs from June through August. Funded since 2013 via SC EPSCoR, the program provides laboratory research training in tissue engineering and biofabrication fields. Participants conduct a research project at MUSC under the supervision of one of MUSC’s biofabrication Thrust Leaders. In addition to research projects, students take part in a variety of educational activities designed to enrich the overall training experience. Stipends and dormitory housing are included.
Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication at MUSC
MUSC has been part of a statewide NSF-funded initiative to develop tissue biofabrication methods that may ultimately be used for production of human organs. Studies at MUSC focus on generating blood vessels through a ‘bioprinting’ mechanism that prints 3D structures from living cellular building blocks. This involves several research ‘Thrusts’ that span bioengineering, cell biological, molecular biological and regenerative medicine fields. Studies are conducted through MUSC’s Advanced Tissue Fabrication Center, which houses the Palmetto Printer (bioprinter), bioreactors, biomechanical testing instrumentation, and cell culture facilities.
Eligibility and Application Procedure
Applications for the upcoming summer are typically accepted from November through the end of January. Applicants should be SC residents and/or enrolled in a SC undergraduate institution. Prior lab experience is helpful but not required. Applications should be made through MUSC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program website.
- Select ‘Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology’ as a top research interest.
- Specify in the essay section your interest in the Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication program.
- Select the option for ‘Local dormitory housing’ if you want the program to cover your housing.
[Note that students may choose to reside off-campus but the program cannot pay for this.]
Contact Jeremy Barth, Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org; 843-792-9984).