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Research Interests:

  • Biomaterials: emerging metallic and hybrid-cellular materials and nanostructured surfaces
  • Advanced multi-functional materials and surface modification of metals and alloys
  • Processing, characterization and properties of fine-grained, ultrafine-grained and nanostructured alloys

  • Microstructural characterization, modeling and thermo-mechanical processing of light alloy processing

  • Phase transformations in advanced light alloys

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Application Areas→Biomechanics; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Medical Devices, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Nanotechnology, Regenerative Medicine; Faculty→Engineering
M. Foldvari
519-888-4567 x21306
PHR 3003

Research Interests:

  • Intelligent drug delivery system design (dermal, transdermal, transmucosal, ocular, and intranasal) for Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Cancer, Immunology (Glaucoma, neural degenerative disorders, HPV, LSIL/CIN I, cervical cancer, Scleroderma)

  • Non-invasive drug delivery technologies, biomolecular devices

  • Gene therapy, protein, and vaccine development

  • Nanomedicine, pharmaceutical development

  • Nanotoxicology (nanomaterials, bioimaging, biomarkers)



[Global Impact] [CBC] April 30, 2018 "Working with gene therapy to treat glaucoma"

[Waterloo Stories] July 5, 2012 "Revolutionary drug delivery"

Application Areas→Infectious Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Personalized Medicine, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Drug Development, Gene Therapy, Imaging, Microfluids, Therapeutics, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biomedicine, Bionanotechnology, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Nanotechnology, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Engineering, Toxicology; Faculty→Science
ESC 233

Research Interests:

  • Regenerative medicine

  • Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) structure, function, enzyme processes and the effects on blood pressure, neurotransmission, insulin release, memory storage, immune response, septic shock, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and myocardial and cerebral ischemia.



Application Areas→Diabetes, Mental Health, Neurodegenerative Diseases; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Imaging; Discipline Areas→Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Regenerative Medicine; Faculty→Science
519-888-4567 x38037
QNC 4618

Research Interests:

  • Nanomaterials, nanodevices, biosensors for applications in food processing, bioreactors and biotechnology, natural gas purification, fuel cell, and water purification

  • Nano-Bio Hybrids for Tissue Engineering and Medicine for drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

  • Bio-molecule assisted nanomaterial self-assembly

  • Health and environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials

Application Areas→Disease Modelling, Environmental Biotechnology, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfluids, Sensors, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Bionanotechnology, Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Science
Ben Thompson
519-888-4567 ext. 39398
OPT 332

Research Interests

  • human visual cortex development and plasticity
  • videogames for vision rehabilitation (amblyopia)
  • vision loss treatments and rehabilitation
  • diagnostics
  • imaging

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[YouTube] February 13, 2019 "Teaching an old brain new tricks" TEDxUW

Application Areas→Biomechanics, Optometry, Rehabilitation; Technology Areas→Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical Devices; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physiology, Regenerative Medicine; Faculty→Science
Ehsan Toyserkani
519-888-4567 x37560
EC4 1031
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Expertise in additive manufacturing of biodegradable scaffolds for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications, optical sensors for biomedical area.

Research Interests:

  • Tissue engineering and biodegradable implants for regenerative medicine (3D printing)

  • Bio-additive and microscale-additive manufacturing (opto-mechanical sensors, smart structures, developed through additive manufacturing)

  • Novel multi-scale additive manufacturing technologies for biomedical, oil/gas and manufacturing sectors

  • Laser-based fabrication techniques with particular focus on direct write processes in micro- and macro-scale

  • Modeling, sensing and real-time control of laser-based manufacturing techniques

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Canada Research Chair in Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing  [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Office of Research News] May 8,2018 "Waterloo researchers named Canada Research Chairs" 

[YouTube Lecture] May 6, 2014 "Additive manufacturing"

Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:

Application Areas→Healthcare Systems, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Imaging, Microfabrication, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs; University Research Chairs
Thomas Willett
519-888-4567 x48405
E7 6438

Research Interests:

  • Biomaterials and mechanics of biomaterials and tissues

  • Bone quality and fragility, collagen

  • Engineering of bone mimetic materials for skeletal reconstruction (3D printing)

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Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Cancer, Diabetes, Inflammatory Diseases, Muscle, Joint and Bone Diseases, Wound Care; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Imaging, Medical Devices; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biology, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
Evelyn Yim
519-888-4567 x33928
E6 4014

Research Interests:

  • Stem cells, nanofabrication and advancement of biomaterials in healthcare technologies to repair, replace or regenerate damaged tissue and organ structures

  • Fabrication and application of nano-structure for biomedical applications in neural, vascular, and cornea tissue engineering

  • ​Biomaterial approach to study ex-vivo pluripotent stem cell expansion

  • Modulation of cell behavior with nanotopography

  • Topography-regulation of stem cells lineage commitment and differentiation

  • Differentiation of adult and pluripotent stem cells with nanotopography

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Application Areas→Cardiovascular, Disease Modelling, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Personalized Medicine, Stroke, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Cell Therapy, Disease Modelling, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Polymer, Surface Coating, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Nanotechnology, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Engineering, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Engineering

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