Adjunct and Affiliate Member
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering
Associate Director of the Centre for Biomedical Research
Member of the International Collabroation of Repair Discoveries, (ICORD)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Division of Medical Sciences
University of Victoria
work phone: 2507217303
fax: 2507216051
Division of Medical Sciences
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Canada

Functional substitutes for tissues found in the body can be produced by combining biomaterial scaffolds, chemical cues and cells in a process called tissue engineering.Since its formation in 2010, my research group has developed many types of biomaterial scaffolds for promoting the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into neural phenotypes for tissue engineering applications, such as  screening the toxicity of drugs, learning about how tissues form during development and replacing dysfunctional tissues. These scaffolds include fibrin hydrogels, multifunctional nanofibers that present novel topographies and chemical cues, functionalized microfibers, and microspheres that provide controlled release of proteins and small molecules. My group works with iPSCs, adult cells reprogrammed back into a state where they can become any type of cell found in the human body. These cells can also self-renew indefinitely, providing a continual cell source.