Alabama State University has won a $271,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art 3-D printer.
The printer will be used by students in ASU's College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics departments.
It will enable researchers to custom design and build tissue replacements.
Dr. Derrick Dean is the lead principle investigator. He says the printer will be used by at least three graduate and undergraduate courses in biomedical engineering and biological sciences.
The printer will be located in the Integrated Bio-Engineering and Advanced Materials Center, affiliated with C-STEM.
Dean says research there is focused on developing materials and structures that can aid in the regeneration of bone, cartilage liver and skin tissue.