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Articles by Rob Smith-University of Virginia News Office

Chemical Engineer Grows Human Cells in Hydrogels

by Rob Smith-University of Virginia News Office,University of Virginia
Kyle Lampe, an assistant professor of chemical engineering in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, is growing cells in three-dimensional hydrogels, an environment closer than petri dishes to how cells grow on their own. He can control the hydrogel’s softness or stiffness, and by raising the cells in a three-dimensional solution, the cells react more closely to how they would in nature