Organoids and Mini-Organs

Organoids and Mini-Organs

1st Edition - March 9, 2018

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  • Editors: Jamie Davies, Melanie Lawrence
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126363
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126370

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Organs and Mini-Organs combines contributions from leading practitioners who work under the editorial control of an acclaimed researcher who also served for eight years as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Organogenesis, the first journal on this topic. The book begins with an introduction, but then delves into chapters that present advice on how to make organoids for many systems. In addition, case studies that illustrate the uses of organioids are presented, along with discussions on future directions and specific problems that need to be solved.

Key Features

  • Collects the best protocols of organoid cultures from diverse tissues
  • Covers a wide range of organs
  • Includes troubleshooting cases for common, but specific problems for each culture conditions
  • Provides an entire section on the application of organoids


Students (PG/senior UG), researchers in organogenesis, stem cells, tissue engineering, synthetic biology

Table of Contents

    1. Organoids and mini-organs: Introduction, history, and potential

    2. Elements of organoid design
    3. Intestinal organoids: Mini-guts grown in the laboratory
    4. Three-dimensional breast culture models
    5. Prostate organoids: Directed differentiation from embryonic stem cells
    6. Kidney organoids
    7. Spontaneous self-assembly of liver organoids from differentiated human cells
    8. Cerebral organoids: Building brains from stem cells
    9. From organoids to mini-organs: A case study in the kidney

    10. Intestinal organoids: A model for biomedical and nutritional research
    11. A three-dimensional neurosphere system using human stem cells for nanotoxicology studies
    12. Organoids for modeling kidney disease
    13. Intestinal organoids in studying host2bacterial interactions
    14. Four challenges for organoid engineers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 284
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: March 9, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128126363
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128126370

About the Editors

Jamie Davies

Since 1995 Davies has run his own laboratory at the University of Edinburgh, with a multidisciplinary focus on discovering how mammalian organs construct themselves and how we can use apply knowledge to build new tissues and organs for those in need. Some of the work of his 20-strong research team is 'conventional' developmental biology; identifying signals and mechanisms used in natural organ development. Some is bioinformatic analysis (we host the editorial office of an international database for renal development – – funded by the USA National Institutes of Health, and the database, an international effort for the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology). Some of his work is in tissue engineering – his lab has recently developed a method to produce engineered 'fetal kidneys' from simple suspensions of stem cells, an activity that attracted considerable press attention last year. Finally, his lab is pioneering the application of synthetic biology techniques to tissue engineering, to 'program' cells to make structures that are designed rather than evolved.

Davies has published around 140 research papers in the field of mammalian development, has published one major specialist monograph (Mechanisms of Morphogenesis, Elsevier, 2005 2nd Ed 2014), one public engagement book (Life Unfoloding, OUP, 2013 (Hardback), 2015 (paperback), now in translation also) and has edited three multi-author books in the fields of development, stem cells and tissue engineering. His contributions to research and teaching in this area have been recognized by having been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Davies served as Deputy Chair of the National Centre for 3Rs, a government agency that promotes research that refines, reduces or replaces animal experiments. He has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the research journal Organogenesis for 8 years, and is currently an Editor of Journal of Anatomy and PLOS One.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Edinburgh, UK

Melanie Lawrence

Dr Lawrence has been working in the field of organoids for more than 4 years at the University of Edinburgh. She has a keen interest in exploring the functional aspects of organoids, and how this affects their application to in vitro toxicology studies. Lawrence has published research papers in the fields of renal development and organoids, and has co-authored book chapters relating to renal organoids. She has acted as a peer-reviewer for PLOS One and is a regular contributor to a scientific blog ( In addition, Lawrence is involved in community outreach programs aimed at secondary school children, to inspire the next generation of scientists and to encourage women to consider careers in STEM subjects.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Edinburgh

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  • James C. Sat Sep 10 2022

    Great resource

    Useful reference for many upcoming technologies and discoveries

  • Pedro R. Wed Aug 11 2021