Meet Research Fellow, Dr Xiao Liu.
What is your role?
I am a Research Fellow.
What is your area of expertise and what kind of experience do you have in this area?
I work on 3D printing and bioprinting, and have extensive experience specifically in printing with living cells, biomaterials and development of bioink formulations.
What are some of the projects and collaborations you are currently working on?
I am working on the development of a 3D Bioprinting strategy for islet transplantation to treat diabetes, in collaboration with Professor Toby Coates' group at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. I also work and collaborate with Asan Medical Center in Korea for the supply of bioinks for 3D printing for the same project.
What is the future outlook of these projects?
Our aim and target are to print functional mini-tissues for pancreatic islet transplantation.
How is this work being translated into real applications?
In collaboration with clinicians, we have started small animal trials based on mice. The next step is to move to larger animal models. The aim is, of course, to translate this research into clinical applications.