Biofabrication can be defined as the production of complex living and non-living biological products from raw materials such as living cells, molecules, extracellular matrices, and biomaterials.
Biofabrication is a research-driven master’s programme comprising a first year of coursework and research at Utrecht University / UMC Utrecht, followed by a research project and courses in Australia in the second year, at one of two universities which are at the forefront of 3D printing for medical applications (Queensland University of Technology and University of Wollongong).
The programme starts with Introducing Life Sciences, a mandatory introduction week for all Master’s students of the GSLS.
Upon completion, a double degree can be obtained, both from Utrecht University and the Australian host institution. One can also opt for a single degree from UU.
Aim and expertise
The Biofabrication programme aims to equip students with a toolbox to innovate within this multidisciplinary field. The programme provides a thorough understanding as well as operational experience of processes such as 3D bioprinting and other fabrication technologies, biomaterials, 3D cell culturing, computer models and medical imaging.
Biofabrication is a truly multidisciplinary area of research. It requires an understanding of chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, robotics and computer science. Biofabrication can be applied in tissue engineering, for generating 3D in vitro biologic models or medical therapeutic products.
As a graduate you will have a strong research background in Biofabrication and a broad basic knowledge of the field, which enables you to pursue a career in academic (PhD) or industrial/commercial directions, including R&D, sales, consultancy. Your considerable research experience abroad and the obtained double degree will make you an attractive candidate for any Biofabrication-related position in the world.
Go to www.uu.nl/masters/en/biofabrication for more information about the programme.
*Since 2018-2019, Introducing Life Sciences, together with the Life Sciences Seminars and Navigation Towards Personal Excellence, is part of the course Life Sciences Academy.