Meilin is a part-time research associate in the Santerre Lab. He brings extensive knowledge in polymer synthesis and characterization techniques, as well as expertise in electrospinning methods. In his spare time he enjoys gardening and writing poetry.
Kyle completed his PhD thesis in the Santerre laboratory in IBBME in 2015. His thesis investigated the use of a degradable polyurethane (D-PHI) in a vascular tissue engineering context, specifically understanding how D-PHI regulated monocyte activation in a manner that supported vascular tissue regeneration. His thesis involved polyurethane chemistry, biomaterial characterization, protein adsorption, primary cell culture, and bioreactor design.
Yasaman is a PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering. She received her bachelor degree from University of Toronto in Materials Science and Engineering in 2011. Her current research is focused on improving the longevity and success of restorative materials in the oral cavity. Her project involves the chemical synthesis of antimicrobial monomers that can be incorporated into dental restoratives and adhesive systems. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, travelling, and the theatre especially Broadway shows. Contact: y.delaviz (at) mail.utoronto.ca
Meghan is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering. Her project involves developing anti-infective scaffold platforms for gingival tissue engineering. She completed her BASc at McMaster University in Chemical and Bioengineering. In her spare time she likes to bake cakes, bicycle, and use film photography. Contact: meghan.wright (at) mail.utoronto.ca
Xiaoqing is a PhD student in biomedical engineering. Her project is about using a degradable polyurethane (D-PHI) for vascular tissue engineering, more specifically, seeding vascular smooth muscle cells differentiated from adipose stem cells on the biomaterial and studying how the material could affect the cell behaviours. In her spare time, she likes rope skipping and blogging.
Eric is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering. He received his BSc degree in Chemistry from McGill University in 2014. His project involves designing immunomodulatory particles for the sustained release of angiogenic growth factors. Contact: eric.tawagi (at) mail.utoronto.ca.
Devika Jain is a recent graduate of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and is the Santerre Lab’s first Masters in Clinical Engineering student, starting in September 2016. She is working on applying the lab-derived degradable polar hydrophobic ionic (D-PHI) polyurethanes as a novel, affordable, and reusable replacement pad for ultrasound gel in remote areas of the world where ultrasound gels are impractical due to its relatively high cost and heavy transport weight. She is workingwith global health care clinicians at UHN on the design and implementation of a practical solution for the use in parts of the African Great Lakes Region.
Michael is a MASc Candidate in Biomedical Engineering. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Toronto in 2013. He was a process chemist and later a program manager in the aerospace manufacturing industry from 2013 to 2015. His current research is focused on developing more stable dental resin composites, capable of resisting bio-degradation processes in the oral cavity. Contact: michael.lagowski (at) mail.utoronto.ca
Jeremy is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. He completed his undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at Queen’s University in 2013. It is the ultimate goal of his research to fabricate a biomimetic small caliber vascular prosthesis to facilitate the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, coronary artery disease and end-stage renal disease. Jeremy is currently investigating whether adipose tissue may function as a source of autologous cells for the development of an anti-thrombogenic endothelium.
Jennifer is a Master’s candidate in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the Santerre Lab. She completed her undergraduate degree in Engineering Science, majoring in Biomedical Systems Engineering, at the University of Toronto in 2016. Her research project aims to develop a functional cardiac patch using an immuno-modulatory degradable polyurethane (D-PHI) to assist with the repair and regeneration of damaged myocardium following myocardial infarction. In her spare time, she enjoys playing badminton, piano, and board games. Contact: jenniferpy.chan(at)mail.utoronto.ca
Michael is a postdoctoral fellow in the Santerre lab. He completed his PhD in Materials Science at Trent University where he developed sustainably derived antimicrobial polymers and energy storage materials. Michael’s research background and interests include the synthesis of novel polymers, polymer/nanocomposites and dental materials. His current research is focused on developing a bioinspired adhesive to repair damaged bones. Contact: michael.floros(at)utoronto.ca
Suja is a postdoctoral fellow in the Santerre laboratory. She completed her PhD thesis in the Kishen laboratory in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto in 2016. She developed temporal-controlled drug releasing systems and characterized them in vitro and in vivo for dentin-pulp tissue engineering applications. Her current research project involves the development of a polyurethane-based drug delivery system for functional cardiac tissue regeneration. Contact: suja.shrestha(at)mail.utoronto.ca
Israa is a MASc candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. She completed her undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2017, with a minor in bioengineering. Her research project aims to design a nanoparticle, nanofibrous biodegradable polyurethane composite scaffold to deliver growth factors for cardiac tissue regeneration.
Nataly is a postdoctoral fellow in the Santerre lab. She completed her DSc in Materials Science at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 2015. She developed crosslinked polysaccharide-based scaffolds for tissue engineering and characterized their structure-property relation and biocompatibility in vitro with adipose-derived stem cells. Nataly’s research background and interests include the synthesis of nano- and microparticles, hydrogels, electrospun nanofibers, and drug delivery using nanoparticles. She is co-supervised by Dr. Santerre and Dr. Craig Simmons (Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research TBEP Scientific Lead). Her current research project is focused on the development of a polyurethane-based nanoparticle-in-nanofibre scaffold for the delivery of anti-fibrotic factors for heart valve tissue engineering. Outside of science, she is passionate about travelling, experiencing new cultures, ballroom dancing, and networking. In her spare time, she enjoys doing handicrafts. Contact: email@example.com