Powdered blood research aims to store donated blood longer

Biology professor Michael Menze and engineering professor Jonathan Kopechek are working on a way to turn blood into powder so it can be stored longer. Hear about their work on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.
Powdered blood research aims to store donated blood longer

 

Professor Michael Menze, Department of Biology Biology professor Michael Menze and engineering professor Jonathan Kopechek are working on a way to dry blood into a powder then bring it back to life months or years later. The finding could cure blood shortages and improve the portablity of blood to battlefields, remote locations or even vacations.

The blood that millions of people donate daily can only be stored up to six weeks before it must be used in a transfusion. In order to extend the shelf life of blood, UofL researchers are testing a new method that will potentially improve the world’s blood supply.

Through grants provided by UofL and the National Institute of Health, researchers Jonathan Kopechek and Michael Menze are trying to find out if they can freeze or dry blood into a powder then “bring it back to life” months later by adding liquid. If successful, the scientists believe their discovery could solve blood shortage problems on the battlefield or in remote medical centers.

Hear more about their work on the UofL Today radio podcast.

The research was also featured on Insider Louisvile.