Profile: Senior Scientist, University Health Network
Department: Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
Lab: Sefton Lab
Biomaterials and biomaterial-based devices (e.g., microcapsules, tissue constructs, modules) are thought of as “three-dimensional drugs” interacting with the host (typically as an implant) through the cells and proteins that are attached, adsorbed or in the vicinity of the material. Over the years, a focus on blood material interactions grew into an interest in isolating cells from the immune system (microencapsulation), tissue engineering (vascularization and remodeling) and creating novel therapeutic polymers of interest to wound healing and other applications.