Cellular Agriculture

Current project

Applications now open for VIP 2022 via a wait-list!


Academics will be in touch throughout the year to arrange an interview 

VIP Snapshot

Our global food systems are in a state of exhaustion. Join our exploration of growing animal products in the lab and get a foretaste of how cellular agriculture can improve human and planetary health. Your project will intersect the fields of biochemistry, engineering and food science.

Cellular Agriculture

VIP ChallENG research goals

Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in using technologies developed in the medical and biomedical sciences to grow food from the cellular level. In this course we will develop techniques and tools to explore the broad and emerging field of cellular agriculture, particularly around tissue culture, bioreactor design and food science. 

At its heart, cellular agriculture promises to help the agricultural industry become more sustainable but, while proofs of principle have been delivered, we still have a long way to go. Current problems relate to scaling and also the nature of raw materials used for in vitro systems.  

While there are many challenges to overcome (technological, societal and economic), it is a very exciting area of discovery with the potential for research to grow exponentially in the next decade. 

Research, design or technical ChallENG

Tissue culture 

  • Investigate the capacity of novel and non-traditional biomaterials to grow cultured meat 
  • Elucidate the biochemical pathways of muscle cells that contribute to growth and differentiation
  • Contribute to the establishment of a cell bank that will involve collaboration with other cellular agriculture research groups in Australia and across the world

Bioreactor design 

  • Develop key parameters for 3D growth of muscle tissue
  • Innovate current approaches for tissue scaffolding 

Food Science 

  • Improve organoleptic properties of cell-ag products 
  • Apply and improve existing sensory methods to innovative cell-ag products
  • Investigate the novel role that olfactory receptors play in muscle cells

Desired Background

All degrees are welcome however, students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Desired Research Areas Desired Skills


  • Tissue culture 
  • Food Science 
  • Biomedical Engineering 


  • Biology 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Food Science 


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