PI: Stephen Badylak
Title: 3D Bioprinted Human Trachea for Pediatric Patients
Description: The overall goal of this project is the development and preclinical testing of a tissue engineered trachea for use in pediatric patients. The natural growth of pediatric patients requires that an engineered tissue or organ vital to life must “grow” with the patient. The present project will design, develop, and test in preclinical models, a bioengineered trachea consisting of naturally occurring extracellular matrix (ECM), as a scaffold, that is custom manufactured by 3D printing (Feinberg Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University). The combined expertise of the Badylak Laboratory, which will acquire and prepare the matrix materials, with the Feinberg Laboratory that has expertise in 3D printing, will produce engineered tracheas that will be tested in a rapidly growing porcine model at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The project is milestone driven and consists of two years of development followed by three years of testing.