2019: Associate Professor Andrew Taberner of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland has been awarded a James Cook Research Fellowship for research titled ‘A 'dyno' for the heart: developing a new high-throughput instrument for measuring the performance of contracting heart cells’
This project will involve the development of new bioprinting technologies, image processing methods, and new miniature cell-testing devices. The research team will bring these together in a system compatible with tools currently used in biological research and in the pharmaceutical industry. This device will be useful for many other types of cells. In food science, for instance, scientists could use it in the development of new forms of ‘laboratory grown’ meat.
Associate Professor Taberner will be working with collaborators at the University of Auckland, University of Otago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Twente, and with a talented team of local students and researchers. Together, they plan to develop a technology that could transform productivity in heart muscle research and drug discovery.