Swinburne research into how stem cells are ‘fed’ once inside the body could bring surgeons a step closer to regenerating damaged or missing tissue through biological 3D printing techniques.

PhD candidate Lilith Caballero Aguilar is developing methods to control the rate of release of ‘growth factors’ which are necessary for the development of stem cells once they have been implanted into the body.

Controlling this delivery is critical, as stem cells can take six weeks or more to grow into tissue such as cartilage, requiring the growth factors to be slowly released over that time.

Ms Caballero Aguilar is collaborating with researchers and surgeons at BioFab3D@ACMD, the first bioengineering facility in Australia to be based in a hospital.