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Cellular Agriculture at Tufts University

New Harvest is funding the first graduate student fellowship program for cellular agriculture research at Tufts University, and Natalie Rubio is the first grantee. Natalie Rubio will begin working in Professor David Kaplan’s biomaterials-focused lab on August 1, 2016, funded by New Harvest through the New Harvest Cultured Tissue Fellowship.

Published July 25, 2016 | Updated June 15, 2021 | Meera Zassenhaus

Natalie Rubio and Dr. David Kaplan

New Harvest Research Fellow Natalie Rubio, with supervisor Dr. David Kaplan

Collaboration with Tufts University

TERC is based at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and is directed by Professor David Kaplan, in whose lab Natalie will be working. Dr. Kaplan works on tissue engineering beyond medical applications, so it is the perfect place for biofabricated foods to develop.

Tufts University Science & Technology Center

Natalie’s Research

Natalie’s research will involve culturing meat on a silk-based scaffold and developing culture conditions. She will also be culturing insect cells.

Natalie started volunteering with New Harvest in 2014. In the summer of 2014, she traveled with Isha and Ryan and Perumal from Muufri to Cork, Ireland where she worked as part of Muufri’s team as they began an accelerator program through Indie.Bio.

Natalie Rubio in Muufri Cork, Ireland

Natalie working in Muufri’s lab in Cork, Ireland in Summer 2014.


About the Authors
Meera Zassenhaus is Communications and Media Manager at New Harvest.