Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology
University of Waterloo, East Campus 4, Room 2001
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo , Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada
519-888-4567 Ext 32732
Dr. Catherine Burns Program Director
Catherine 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.
Dr. Parisa Hamilton
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.
Training Program Developer and Co-applicant
Dr. Thomas Willett Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo. Dr. Willet will contribute expertise in tissue and composite biomaterial mechanics. He has multiple clinical connections at Mt. Sinai Hospital and can support students who wish to collaborate with clinicians. Dr. Willett has a significant contribution in developing the CREATE training module in the CREATE program.
Dr. Karim Karim Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo. As an expert on medical imaging devices and both micro- and macro-electronics, Dr. Karim will supervise trainees interested in imaging technology. He will teach the Design for Adoption course. Karim has extensive management and commercialization experience as Director of the Silicon Thin Film Applied Research Laboratory and founder of KA Imaging. He has many connections in the imaging industry. He has experience in the development of trainees through a previous CREATE grant.
Dr. Alex Wong Associate Professor, Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging Systems. As Director of the Vision and Image Processing Research Group, Dr. Wong is an expert in medical imaging and will supervise students working in this field. He provides a key link to clinical personnel through his work with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a co-founder of the medical artificial intelligence startup Elucid Lab.
Dr. Safieddin Safavi-Naeini Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, C-COM Industrial Research Chair. Dr. Safavi-Naeini will provide trainees with access to his state-of-the-art electromagnetic device characterization laboratory (CIARS) and expertise in electromagnetics, energy harvesting and networked devices.
Dr. Ning Jiang Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo. Dr. Jiang is an expert in signal processing algorithms and machine intelligence. His research trainees will investigate brain-computer interfaces, prosthetics, and wearable devices.
Dr. Clark Dickerson Professor, Kinesiology, Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Shoulder Biomechanics. Dr. Dickerson will mentor trainees interested in his expertise on shoulder and joint biomechanics and rehabilitation.
Dr. Lora Giangregorio Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Schlegel Research Chair in Mobility and Aging. Dr. Giangregorio is an expert in osteoporosis, exercise and rehabilitation. She brings a wealth of information on clinical trial design and knowledge translation for trainees interested in patient-centred research.
Dr. Lyndon Jones Professor, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Waterloo, University Research Chair. As Director of the Centre for Contact Lens Research (CCLR), the largest ocular clinical trial facility, Dr. Jones will provide trainees with extensive exposure to ocular biotechnology and connections to clinical professionals.
Dr. Evelyn Yim Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo. Dr. Yim will share her expertise in Nano-biotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with trainees. Her experience as Director of the Regenerative Nanomedicine Lab adds experience in developing biomaterials for surgical applications in collaboration with clinicians.
Dr. Kassem Ashe
St. Mary's Hospital Regional Cardiac Care Centre, Kitchener
Expert in cardiovascular devices and tools for cardiac surgery
Dr. Jen Boger
Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Expert in geriatric care and connections within the Schlegel Research Institute for Aging
Dr. Sofiane Boudadoud and Hamid Kokabi
International collaborators, and co-designers of the summer school program
Dr. Melanie Campbell
Department of Physics, University of Waterloo
Instructor for the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization course
Dr. Zane Cohen
Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
World leading expert in colorectal surgery and reconstruction, with many clinical connections
Dr. Duane Cronin
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
Expert in modelling of the human body and its potential for device design
Dr. Peter Ferguson
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
Expert in skeletal reconstruction
Dr. Rob Gorbet
Department of Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo
Delivery of the Interdisciplinary collaboration module
IntelliJoint Surgical Inc
Expert on implant design, intern support and commercialization
CEO of KA Imaging
Entrepreneurial experience and intern support in imaging
Dr. David Koff
Expert in clinical radiology and imaging, with access to Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Tina Mah
Grand River Hospital, Research and Innovation
Coordinates access to appropriate clinicians at Grand River Hospital
Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Toronto Rehab Hospital
Expert in rehabilitation needs, with extensive clinical connections
Dr. George Pinho
CEO of Christie Medical
Mentor on commercialization and guidance on imaging projects
Expert in medical device design and manufacturing, and mentor to interns
Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre
Expert in business, entrepreneurship and innovation
Synaptive Medical Inc.
Guide to interns and can provide industry guidance for projects on imaging and surgical contexts