Engineering of Synthetic Muscle Tissue

This project will develop new ways to create muscle for people who have had muscle loss through accidental trauma or muscle disease.

Severe non-ablative muscle injury (e.g. grade 3 hamstring tear) compose >30% of all sports injuries. In addition, injuries involving muscle crush or bulk volumetric muscle loss occur in ~40% of 1 in 300 people (p.a.) involved in vehicle accidents and ~1 in 100,000 people (p.a.) worldwide due to surgical removal of cancers. This project will deliver 3D muscle repair constructs (MRCs) using 3D bio-printing to promote (autologous) repair of muscle injuries.

AUD $123,000 for 3 years ($31,000 per year).

Need to have Honours/undergraduate grounding in cell biology, molecular biology and some exposure to 3D printing other biomaterials and additive biofabrication techniques. Goo grounding in cell culture is highly valued.

Email rob.kapsa@rmit.edu.au with the subject line "Trojan Horse". Please send your CV and academic transcript.

1 June 2021.

1 July 2021.

The project will involve development of cell-containing hydrogels that will be used to replace lost muscle tissue in animal models.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

For further enquiries, please contact Rob Kapsa via rob.kapsa@rmit.edu.au

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