They are also able to simulate different scenarios. “We can use our computer-aided design model and print a gut that might resemble a patient who has Crohn's disease and compare it to somebody who is a healthy individual,” Lennon said.

The team received seed funding for their project, “Complexity of the gut microbiome: an experimental approach,” from IU: Indiana University Collaborative Research Grant (IUCRG) which led to an Army Research Office (ARO) grant that currently funds Lennon’s lab.