Alec McCall

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Oro Valley, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2021

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FURI | Fall 2020

Reproducibility and Extraction of Complex Hydrogel Geometry Fabrication in 3D Printed Injection Molds

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the destruction of pancreatic islet cells which results in patients no longer generating their own insulin. Islet cell transplantation via macroencapsulation is a potential therapy to treat type I diabetes in the absence of chronic systemic immunosuppression. The Weaver lab uses synthetic hydrogels to fabricate macroencapsulation devices and needs to develop a method to generate complex 3D hydrogel geometries by injection molding. The goal is to design and fabricate injection molding devices that can be easily translated to the clinic as a long-term treatment for type 1 diabetics.


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A clinically translatable cell encapsulation strategy would enable the widespread application of islet transplantation to treat diabetes.


  • FURI
  • Spring 2020