Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Type

Honors College

First Advisor

Dr. Rachael Floreani

Second Advisor

Dr. Amber Doiron

Third Advisor



tissue engineering, cultivated meat, cellular agriculture, food systems, FBS-free, sustainability


Within the world of biomedical engineering, tissue engineering is a continually developing discipline overflowing with possibilities for not only furthering scientific progress but repairing humanity’s parasitic relationship to the natural world. Cultivated meat is a promising new field of study with the potential to overhaul traditional agricultural practices to establish more sustainable food systems all across the globe. An exploration of the optimal tissue culture conditions for cultivating lab-grown meat was conducted by testing serum-free alternatives to fetal bovine serum-supplemented cell culture media in addition to a novel scaffolding material for growing muscle tissue in vitro. Several FBS alternatives showed promising cell viability results for eventual adoption into common cell culture protocols. In addition, new cell scaffolding material demonstrated favorable mechanical and physiological properties for use in muscle tissue culture for human consumption. Future work is discussed to further explore fine-tuning of meat-growing conditions on a large scale, with the hopes of one day integrating the practices into modern day food production.


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