Human heart cells as a potential energy source.

Human heart cells (cardiomyocytes) beat spontaneously all our lives. In culture (in vitro) such cells self-organize into micro tissues that are able to contract at 70 beats per minute (BPM) at 37 Degrees C. We can maintain such spontaneously beating tissues for months in culture conditions. Along with Dr Daniil Yurchenko (see related project), we have reasoned that such bio-actuators my be harnessed to produce electrical energy. This energy source could power implantations reporting physiological states to other external devices much more efficiently than rechargeable batteries. In this project we will model the energy available from different configurations of human cardiomyocytes to establish the feasibility of the approach.

Supervisor name: 
Euan Brown
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Project location: 
JN 1.33
Deputy name: 
Daniil Yurchenko
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