Headshot portrait of Caitlin Ramos - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2023 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Mark Skylar-Scott (Bioengineering)

“Fibrin-Print Optimization”

Previous work in the Skylar-Scott lab included performing 3D FRESH bioprinting experiments, working with fibrin as the print material with the goal of ultimately 3D printing a fully functioning human heart. In this phase of the project, Caitlin’s goal is to continue developing experiments to test the parameters that affect the precision of high-speed fibrin bioprinting, including viscosity of the print ink, depth of the FRESH support bath, print speed, and print extrusion rate. By varying these parameters, Caitlin hopes to find the perfect combination of variables to allow for high precision printing at high speeds.