In the Composite Biomaterial Systems Laboratory, we conduct research and development in two general areas:

Bone Mechanics and Quality

Biomaterials for Skeletal Reconstruction

We can summarize our efforts as interdisciplinary investigation and innovation for improved bone health and repair. A great deal of what we do concerns structure-function-property relationships, how these change with aging and disease in bone, and how they can be optimized in the development of superior structural biomaterials.

What are Composite Biomaterial Systems?


Made up of multiple parts/phases.


  • A naturally-derived material, such as human tissue (e.g. bone, cartilage, tendon, etc.).
  • A material developed for biomedical applications (e.g. implantable biomaterials for the reconstruction of bone).


Representative of our approach to research and development.

  1. Aug. 18, 2020New paper in Materials Science and Engineering C - Congrats Dibakar and team!

    Congratulations to Dr. Dibakar Mondal and the team for the paper recently accepted to Materials Science and Engineering - Part C - Materials for Biological Applications. The paper is entitled "Acrylated Epoxidized Soybean Oil / Hydroxyapatite-Based Nanocomposite Scaffolds Prepared by Additive Manufacturing for Bone Tissue Engineering" and it represents the fruits of more than two years of hard work and an excellent collaboration with Prof. Yi-Chin Toh and Dr. Akshaya Srinivasan from the National University of Singapore.

    A link to the paper will be added soon.

  2. Aug. 18, 2020Congratulations to Daniel Dapaah for passing his Comprehensive Exam!

    Congratulations to Daniel Dapaah for passing his Comprehensive Exam!

    Daniel is the WCBSL's first PhD student to reach this milesone since 2015 (when Prof. Willett joined the University of Waterloo).

  3. Jan. 24, 2020See you in Glasgow! WCBSL will present two oral and three poster presentations in May 2020.

    Congrats to Dr. Patricia Comeau, Dr. Dibakar Mondal and PhD candidate Zahra Haghpanah for having their abstracts accepted for presentation at the largest gathering of biomaterials researchers in the world.

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What we do:

Bone mechanics and bone quality research

Crack growth in cortical bone fracture specimen
A crack growing in cortical bone during fracture toughness testing.

Development of biomaterials for skeletal reconstruction

A vertebra model printed using our novel nanocomposite inks and digital light projection.