Core Team:

Catherine Burns                                                                                                                                                     

Dr. Catherine Burns
Program Director

Dr. Burns is the founding Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology at the University of Waterloo.  In this role she works with 150 researchers
to progress their science and move their technology into actual use.  Her work has significantly increased the research funding and academic environment for researchers and students at the University of Waterloo.

Her own research, in human factors engineering, explores how people work with new technologies, and develops more effective designs.  Catherine has published over 250 papers in her field, 7 books, and graduated nearly 60 graduate students, 46% of which have been women.  She is active in her scientific community, a leader at the university, and has participated in many different roles in government science funding.  She has won awards for research, teaching and graduate student supervision from the University of Waterloo.

Parisa Hamilton

Dr. Parisa Hamilton
Program Co-ordinator

A chemical engineer and specialist in nanotechnology and biotechnology, Dr. Hamilton has been working as a postdoctoral research fellow, leading several industry collaborative research projects in Biomathematics, Systems design, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Her research interests are biomedical devices, drug delivery systems, and biocompatibility of biomaterials. She has a great passion for organizing projects through effective communication, team building, detail planning, and bringing new ideas.