Cellular Agriculture

Cellular agriculture seeks to advance tissue engineering for the production of affordable, nutritious, protein-rich foods. Researchers and manufacturers translate cellular agriculture research into food industry innovation that has positive environmental and societal benefits. With the field growing in leaps and bounds and demand rising across the globe, now is the time to enroll in Tufts' interdisciplinary certificate program and propel a career in cellular agriculture and biofabricated foods.

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Cellular agriculturethe cultivation of agricultural commodities from cells rather than whole organismspresents new solutions to the demand for the consumption of meat and other animal products. Established companies and start-ups across the globe currently face a shortage of skilled workers as they aim to commercialize cell-based meats, protein-based products, and novel materials, producing environmentally-friendly alternatives to products such as dairy, eggs, leather, and fur.

Among the first offerings of its kind in the U.S., Tufts’ Certificate in Cellular Agriculture program trains students to excel in this emerging cross-disciplinary field. In classes taught by world-class faculty from Tufts School of Engineering, students learn the basic science that underlies products like cultured/in vitro meat. A Tufts education in cellular agriculture prepares students to contribute to worldwide improvements in food sustainability, food security, and personalized nutrition.

Through this four-course certificate, engineers can launch careers in tissue engineering, food science, synthetic biology, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, and more.

To apply, apply for the Certificate in Biomedical Engineering and indicate your interest in Cellular Agriculture in your application.


David Kaplan
Department Chair and Stern Family Professor of Engineering
Ph.D. , Syracuse University
Biopolymer Engineering, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Bioengineering
Ayse Asatekin
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clean water, membranes, polymer science, separations, surface chemistry
Professor Blanchette
Alex Blanchette
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
politics of industrial labor; life in post-industrial United States
Sean Cash
Sean Cash
Bergstrom Foundation Associate Professor in Global Nutrition
Ph.D. , UC Berkeley
how food, nutrition, and environmental interventions and policies affect both producers and consumers
Kyongbum Lee
Dean Ad Interim and Karol Family Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Metabolic Engineering
Charles Mace
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Rochester
Bioanalytical and Materials Chemistry
David Matsas
David Matsas
Assistant Professor
DVM , Purdue University
superovulation and embryo transfer in small ruminants; semen cryopreservation in small ruminants
Nikhil U. Nair
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Illinois
Synthetic Biology, Systems Bioengineering, Protein Engineering, Metabolic Engineering, Biofuels, Biocatalysis
Merredith Portsmore
Merredith Portsmore
Director, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach; Research Associate Professor, CEEO
Ph.D. , Tufts University
K-12 engineering education; engineering design problems and planning; children's science learning
Nicole Tichenor Blackstone
Nicole Tichenor Blackstone
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
livestock agriculture; human diets; food waste management; regional food systems
Barry Trimmer - Professor
Barry Trimmer
Henry Bromfield Pearson Professor of Natural Science
Ph.D , University of Cambridge
Neurobiology, Neuromechanics and Biorobotics
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Eugene White
Amelia Peabody Foundation Chair in Agricultural Sciences
DVM , Cornell University
bovine lameness; advanced reproductive technologies in cattle, sheep, and swine
Benjamin Wolfe
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Ecology and evolution of microbial communities
Qiaobing Xu
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Biomaterials, drug delivery, micro/nanofabrication, tissue engineering

For deadline information, visit https://asegrad.tufts.edu/admissions/application-deadlines.

To apply, apply for the Certificate in Biomedical Engineering and indicate your interest in Cellular Agriculture in your application.

Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores if applicable
> Transcripts
> One letter of recommendation

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