Ricardo is growing meat using the concept of macromolecular crowding (MMC), the addition of media ingredients that create a sense of crowdedness for the cells. In the body of an animal, cells are very crowded, which has an impact on their growth and behavior. These crowded conditions encourage cells to form tissues more rapidly—in just days instead of weeks. Ricardo is testing MMC on animal muscle and fat cells to accelerate meat production in the lab.


Ricardo Gouveia in three different lab coats

Ricardo wears his three skins: postdoctoral research associate at Newcastle University, New Harvest research fellow, and chief science officer at 3D Bio Tissues, a company producing tissues for therapeutic applications as well as cellular agriculture.