Researchers in the department are using a 3D printer to manufacture human organs. The ultimate goal for the researchers is to be able to grow cells by placing them into a mold of the organ needed, creating the new organ, and implanting it into the patient.
Katie Basinger is using pig skin in her experiments as she studies how to make the skin expand in a short period of time. She told WNCN that being able to expand one’s own skin and put it back on the body reduces scarring compared to current methods.
Dr. Richard Wysk, a professor in the ISE department, told WNCN that the organs that are grown through the new process would be made up of the patient’s own cells thereby reducing the risk for rejection.
Basinger is the daughter of Michael and Penny Basinger, formerly of Elizabethtown, and now residing in Sanford.