Maud Gorbet (She/Her)

Maud Gorbet
Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program Director
Location: CPH 1335C,E7 6434
Phone: 519-888-4567 x38590,519-888-4567 x42602


Maud Gorbet is a Systems Design Engineering Professor and is cross-appointed with the department of Biology and the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo and also a collaborator with the Centre for Ocular Research and Education.

Her research interests center on biocompatibility issues with a focus on the role of innate immune cells and the impact of material-induced inflammation in the ocular and cardiovascular environments. Biomedical devices have significantly improved quality of life and increased life expectancy of millions of people, but their use is not without complications. Although the overall rate of complications remains low, the consequences have significant impacts, as exemplified by bleeding and clotting complications in cardiovascular devices or significant increased risks of microbial infections with overnight contact lens wear. Research in Professor Gorbet’s lab aims to understand interactions between biomaterials and biological systems. A better understanding of the mechanisms of material-induced cellular activation will support the design of materials and/or therapeutic strategies that can improve biocompatibility and will hence reduce the risks of complications.

Gorbet's research program thus aims to investigate the inflammatory response to biomaterials and design more robust in vitro models that can better assess biocompatibility.
Her team has successfully designed and engineered novel in vitro cell models to investigate the ocular cell response to ophthalmic materials, and is also investigating blood-material interactions. As part of her work on the ocular biomaterials, Gorbet's team is actively working towards understanding the role of neutrophils on the ocular surface.

Research Interests

  • biocompatibility, biomedical devices, biomaterials, Biological Response to Materials, Ergonomics, Human Factors & Biomedical


  • 2001, Doctorate PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario
  • 1993, Bachelor's BASc, Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France


  • BME 461 - Biomedical Engineering Design Workshop 2
    • Taught in 2022
  • BME 462 - Biomedical Engineering Design Workshop 3
    • Taught in 2023
  • BME 589 - Special Topics in Biomedical Devices
    • Taught in 2023
  • CHE 561 - Biomaterials and Biomedical Design
    • Taught in 2023
  • NE 488 - Biomaterials and Biomedical Design
    • Taught in 2023
  • SYDE 384 - Biological and Human Systems
    • Taught in 2019, 2020
  • SYDE 584 - Physiological Systems and Biomedical Design
    • Taught in 2021, 2024
  • SYDE 684 - Materials Biocompatibility
    • Taught in 2019, 2020

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Graduate studies