3D printing of bacteria for sustainable, patterned materials production: how to build a lunar habitat
The Meyer lab is developing the first steps toward the 3D printing of bacterial cultures for sustainable and personally tailored materials production. The DIY bacterial 3D printers are inexpensive and straightforward to use. Bacteria are deposited at millimeter resolution within a supportive, nourishing scaffold that provides nutrients as well as stable spatial restriction. The printed bacteria are able to produce a variety of desirable materials, representing a cost-effective way to fabricate materials in diverse environments including space colonization.
Dr. Anne S. Meyer uses tools of synthetic biology to engineer novel functions into microorganisms, with a focus on the production of high-performance materials.