Associate Professor

Contact InformationEvelyn Yim

Phone: 519-888-4567 x33928
Location: E6 4014


Biography Summary

Evelyn Yim joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo in 2016. Experienced with nanofabrication technologies and stem cell culture, Evelyn and her Regenerative Nanomedicine Lab group are interested to apply the knowledge biomaterial-stem cell interaction to direct stem cell differentiation and tissue regeneration for neural, vascular and corneal tissue engineering. Evelyn is one of the pioneers in studying stem cell-topography interactions and related applications in tissue engineering. She is one of the leading researchers studying the use of synthetic materials for altering stem cell behavior and differentiation.

Evelyn Yim began her education at the University of Toronto, where she earned her BASc in Engineering Science and MASc in Chemical Engineering, under the supervision of Professor Michael Sefton. She pursued her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University before conducting her post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and, under Professor Kam Leong, in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.

Between 2007 and 2015 Evelyn worked in Singapore, where she held a joint appointment from the National University of Singapore, as faculty in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, and the Mechanobiology Institute Singapore, a Research Center of Excellence supported by the National Research Foundation Singapore, as a principle investigator studying how chemical and biomechanical cues influence stem cell behavior.

Research Interests

  • Modulation of cell behaviour with nanotopography
  • Topography-regulation of stem cells lineage commitment and differentiation
  • Differentiation of adult and plutipotent stem cells with nanotopography
  • 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
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Biomedical engineering


  • 2006, Doctorate, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • 2000, Master of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 1999, Bachelor of Applied Science, Engineering Science, University of Toronto


  • CHE 760 - Special Topics in Biochemical Engineering
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CHE 725 - Research Topics in Analysis of Chemical Processes
    • Taught in 2017
  • BME 489 - Special Topics in Biomedical Devices
    • Taught in 2019
  • NE 489 - Special Topics in Nanoscale Biosystems
    • Taught in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • NE 481 - Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Cutiongco, Marie FA and Chua, Bryan MX and Neo, Dawn JH and Rizwan, Muhammad and Yim, Evelyn KF, Functional differences between healthy and diabetic endothelial cells on topographical cues, Biomaterials, 153, 2018, 70 - 84
  • Rizwan, Muhammad and Peh, Gary SL and Ang, Heng-Pei and Lwin, Nyein Chan and Adnan, Khadijah and Mehta, Jodhbir S and Tan, Wui Siew and Yim, Evelyn KF, Sequentially-crosslinked bioactive hydrogels as nano-patterned substrates with customizable stiffness and degradation for corneal tissue engineering applications, Biomaterials, 120, 2017, 139 - 154
  • Jackman, CP and Heo, S and Bursac, N and Walker, BW and Yu, CH and Sani, E Shirzaei and Kimball, W and Annabi, N and Sapru, S and Naskar, D and others, 2017 TERMIS-Americas Conference & Exhibition Charlotte, NC December 3--6, 2017, Tissue Engineering Part A, 23, 2017
  • Sathe, Sharvari and Chan, Xiang Quan and Jin, Jing and Bernitt, Erik and Döbereiner, Hans-Günther and Yim, Evelyn KF, Correlation and Comparison of Cortical and Hippocampal Neural Progenitor Morphology and Differentiation through the Use of Micro-and Nano-Topographies, Journal of functional biomaterials, 8(3), 2017
  • Kukumberg, Marek and Yao, Jia Yi and Neo, Dawn JH and Yim, Evelyn KF, Microlens topography combined with vascular endothelial growth factor induces endothelial differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells into vasculogenic progenitors, Biomaterials, 131, 2017, 68 - 85