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2024 Fellow

Peter Serles

PhD Institution
University of Toronto

As a 2024 Schmidt Science Fellow, Peter will engineer high quality clusters of brain tissue that will allow us to better model diseases and test treatments.

Stem cells offer a major research opportunity as they can be grown into brain tissue, but current designs grow to a few millimeters in size before the cells in the middle begin to die. Using nano-3D printing, Peter plans to develop a supporting 3D micro-environment which mimics the human brain to help neural tissue mature and grow into a complex structure.

This would create a unique platform to study brain disease, damage, and treatment methods with high speed and low costs.

Interdisciplinary Pivot: Mechanical engineering to Biological Sciences