Shawn Wettig

Principle Investigator, Professor, Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies
Dr. Shawn Wettig

Dr. Wettig's 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.

Dr. Wettig obtained his Ph.D. studying the physical chemistry of novel mixed surfactant/polymer systems with Dr. Ron Verrall in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan.  He was appointed Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Studies in October, 2018.

Office: Pharmacy Tower (Health Sciences Campus)- Rm. 4012
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 21303


Post-Doctoral Fellow - College of Pharmacy and Nutrition
(Dr. Marianna Foldvari), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (2004 - 2007)

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Department of Biochemistry
(Dr. Jeremy Lee), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
(2001 - 2004)

Ph.D. - Department of Chemistry (Dr. Ron Verrall),
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (1994 - 2000)

B.Sc. - University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB (1989 - 1994)

Professional Appointments

Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Studies
Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo (2018 - 2021)

Associate Director (Graduate Studies and Research)
School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo (2015 - 2018)

Associate Professor - School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo
(2013 - Present)
Assistant Professor - School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo
(2007 - 2013)


Department of Chemistry, Univerisity of Waterloo (Cross-appointed)
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo (Cross-appointed)
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (Member)

Guelph - Waterloo Center for Graduate Work in Chemistry and BioChemistry (Graduate Faculty)

University of Guelph (Associate Graduate Faculty)

Professional Memberships

Chartered Chemist - Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario
Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
Canadian Society for Chemistry