Professor, School of Pharmacy / Associate Dean of Science (Graduate Studies)

Research interests: biophysical chemistry and nanotechnology; self-assembly for drug delivery applications and gene therapy


Professor Shawn Wettig obtained his Ph.D. studying the physical chemistry of novel mixed surfactant/polymer systems with Professor Ron Verrall in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests lie in the general areas of biophysical chemistry and nanotechnology; in particular at the interface of these two broadly defined areas. This research involves aspects of physical chemistry, solution thermodynamics, biochemistry and cell biology applied to the study of self-assembling systems. While self-assembly is a readily recognized tool in the design of systems for drug delivery applications, the use of self-assembly in the so-called “bottom-up” construction of nano-particulate systems for drug delivery applications is an emerging field. A key aspect of this research is the design of novel surface-active compounds (surfactants) that, in addition to providing the desired characteristics of self-assembly and control of particle dimensions on the nanometer size scale, can also provide enhanced pharmaceutical applications such as targeted delivery and/or enhanced bio-distribution of an active compound.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, 2004-2007

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Biochemistry, University of Saskatchewan, 2001 - 2004

  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan, 2000

  • BSc, University of Lethbridge, 1994

Shawn Wettig

University of Waterloo