Welcome to the WCBS Lab!

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

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 holistic, interdisciplinary approach to research and development.


Hard work pays off and now Cullen Tielemans has completed all of the requirements for his MASc degree.

His thesis is titled "The Effects of Methacrylated Glucosamine on the Mechanical Properties of Gelatin Methacryloyl Hydrogels and Gelatin-Methacryloyl/Nanohydroxyapatite Composite Materials."

Well done, Cullen!

Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Comeau (former postdoc and research associate) for the publication of her recent work on functionalization of GelMA in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering.

Comeau, P.*, Willett, T.L., (2020) A Carbodiimide Coupling Approach for PEGylating GelMA and Further Tuning GelMA and GelMA-nHA Composite Properties. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering

Skull showprint on printer made using lab made nanomaterial resin ink

An anatomically accurate skull model printed on our vat polymerization 3D printer using our biomaterials composite resin ink.

Crack growth in cortical bone fracture specimen

A crack growing in cortical bone during fracture toughness testing.

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