2022 - Can Kombucha Be Used in Tissue Engineering? - Poster Presentation
SCOBY, symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, is a byproduct of the Kombucha fermentation process. The waste product of such cultures, a bacterial cellulose, has potential as a support matrix for tissue cultured cells. This product is of interest to the tissue engineering field as this polymer could function as a scaffold for cells due to is cost effectiveness and biodegradability. This study aims to test the scaffolding capabilities of the bacterial cellulose by seeding bone, heart, and kidney cells on such a scaffold. The study will focus on the ability of the scaffold to support cell proliferation and morphological differentiation. This will be accomplished by measuring the scaffold’s pore size and ability to absorb fluids (while maintaining structural integrity), as well as by observing the seeded scaffolds.