The BioMaker Lab at the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab (MRL) will be the first state-of-the-art interdisciplinary biofabrication hub in the world. This new facility will enable non-specialists and specialists alike from a wide range of disciplines to rapidly transform new ideas into prototypes and characterize these prototypes with state-of-the-art tools, empowering the Illinois community to leverage out-of-the-box thinking and challenge the status quo.

“The BioMaker Lab at the MRL will greatly enhance the capability for research groups across campus to carry out research on advanced biological materials and access the tremendous suite of characterization capabilities available within the MRL for this research,” MRL Director and the Ivan Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Paul Braun said. “This will truly drive the next generation of innovators and biomedical technologies.”

“The new BioMaker Lab at MRL will be equipped for state-of-the-art fabrication and characterization at the cellular, tissue, and organ scale that will integrate research and educational programs for solving complex medical problems while providing students with the best educational opportunities in the country,” Irfan Ahmad, Director of Interdisciplinary Initiatives with Illinois Engineering and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering said. “Recent advances in biofabrication are now yielding devices for high-throughput cell culture, organs-on-a-chip for drug screening, and 3D printing technologies for creating tissues and organs… as these revolutionary advances come of age, it is imperative to incorporate these technologies into our research facilities now.”

Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign