Grant Sonnenberg

My research pertains to the improvement of 3D bio-printing methods and applications. What separates bio-printing from typical 3D printing is the culturing and study of cells suspended in cured biocompatible gels, and the kinds of structures created with these gels range from single droplets to complex patterns containing a variety of cells and media. The ultimate goal of my thesis is to compare the effects of different modalities of bio-printing, such as inkjet and extrusion, on cell viability, and from there, create a mechanical system that will cause cells less stress while possessing superior printing capabilities.

I am fascinated by research in both the fields of tissue engineering and energy production. Though somewhat disparate, I am excited about harnessing natural processes to produce benefits for society.