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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Yizhou is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2018. The ultimate goal of his research is to develop a functional cardiac tissue engineered patch that could repair and regenerate damaged myocardium of failing hearts. Currently, he is aiming to develop a co-electrospun D-PHI gelatin nanofibrous scaffold that will be later seeded with cardiomyocytes and fibroblasts for coculture studies. Outside the lab, he enjoys reading, cooking, playing the violin, and studying new languages.
Monir is an MASc. candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering under Dr. Paul Santerre and Dr. Ren-Ke Li’s supervision. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Ryerson University in 2018 and has worked as an R&D specialist in the biopharmaceutical industry from 2017 to 2018. His current projects revolve around the synthesis and characterization of novel, scalable and biocompatible conductive polymer-based biomaterials for cardiac repair. Outside of the lab, Monir enjoys hiking, archery, gaming, finding new genres of music to jam to and playing his guitar.
Katya is a MASc candidate in Biomedical Engineering. She is focused on developing a small-diameter vascular graft using the D-PHI platform, upon which adipose stem cell-derived vascular smooth muscle cells, endothelial cells and monocytes will be co-cultured and conditioned. Her past experiences include research in ophthalmic drug and cell delivery as well as process engineering work in a Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. In 2018, she received her BASc in Chemical and Bioengineering at McMaster University. In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new cuisines, volunteering for local organizations and travelling.
Angus is a MASc candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. He completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical and Bioengineering at McMaster University in 2018. His research project aims to synthesize novel polymers with anti-fouling and adhesive properties.