Principal Investigator

Brian G. Amsden
Donald and Joan McGeachy Chair in Biomedical Engineering
BASc University of Waterloo (1988)
MASc University of Toronto (1991)
PhD Queen's University (1996)
FBSE 2016

Lab Manager

Post-Doctoral Fellows

PhD Candidates

Amanda Brissenden
BScE in Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University (2015)
Amanda is working on developing a more mechanically robust hydrogel for biomedical applications using a trimethylene carbonate based polymer. The goal is to produce a scaffold with similar physical properties as articular cartilage, that is sufficiently hydrated to support cell growth. In her spare time Amanda likes to run and dance.

Hossein Riahinezhad
BSc Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology
MSc Advanced Materials - Biomaterials, Ulm University
Hossein is developing high modulus and mechanically robust hydrogels for cell delivery for soft connective tissue applications.This project is part of our CONNECT! NSERC CREATE program.
Nathan Holwell
BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering, University of Waterloo (2016)
Nathan is continuing further research of a degradable, biomimetic scaffold for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair. The aim of the project is to create an ex vivo scaffold capable of simulating the unique mechanical and biological characteristics of the ACL. This project is part of our CONNECT! NSERC CREATE program. Although he discovered his passion for research early on in his undergraduate career, he also enjoys eating and cooking new foods as well as experimenting with brewing his own beer.
Ronghui Qi
B.Eng in Polymer Science and Engineering, Donghua University (2015)
MSc in Polymer Science, The University of Akron (2016)
Ronghui is working on a self-immolative drug delivery device, which can release therapeutics and undergo deconstruction in response to external triggers. In her spare time, Ronghui likes travelling around the world and watching movies.
Sean Mathew
M.Tech. Chemical Engineering, M.Sc. Nano-biophysics
Institute for Biofunctional Polymer Materials
Leibniz-Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e.V.
Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials Dresden
Sean is developing a novel scaffolding approach for meniscal tissue engineering. This approach involves the utilization of an additive manufacturing technique called melt electrowriting. This project is part of our CONNECT! NSERC CREATE program in soft connective tissue engineering.

MASc Candidates

Josiah McNutt
BASc, Dalhousie University, 2018
Josiah is working on a peptide drug delivery platform, utilizing a novel biodegradable aliphatic polycarbonate recently developed in ABIL.
Mitchel De Prinse
BSc in Chemical Engineering, Queen's University (2017)
Mitchell is creating a new polymer biomaterial to be used to create micelles capable of delivering oxidation-sensitive drugs which will be used for topical applications.
Ta Phung
BSc Honours in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Trent University, Canada
Phung is working on a process by which to induce the differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells into the nucleus pulposus cell phenotype. This project is part of our CONNECT! NSERC CREATE program and is being developed in collaboration with Drs. Lauren Flynn and Cheryle Seguin at Western University and Dr. Craig Simmons at the University of Toronto.


Post-Doctoral Fellows

Kyla Sask
Gad Sabbatier
Roshni Rainbow
Mona Gamal-Eldin
Fraz Anjum
Jing Yan
Jian Yang
Juarez Endaldo Romero Bianco
Zhihan Zhou
Bo Qi
Laurianne Timbart
Elda Bravo-Grimaldo
Gauri Misra


Shadi Taghavi (2018)
Sara Mohajeri (2018)
Stuart Young (2017)
Julian Chesterman (2016)
Moira Vyner (2015)
James Hayami (2014)
Oladunni Babasola (2012)
Denver Surrao (2012)
Abby Sukarto (2011)
Rafi Chapanian (2009)
Frank Gu (2006)
Husam Younes (2002)
Arash Hatefi (2002)


Ta Phung (2020)
Mitchell de Prinse (2020)
Fiona Serack (2017)
Bowen Yang (2016)
Dimitra Louka (2015)
Ming Gong (2015)
Andrew Carroll (2015)
Nick Hadjiev (2014)
Ginger Chen (2013)
Justin Lee (2012)
Hoi Ki Cheung (2011)
Laura Cornacchionne (2010)
Aaron McGregor (2009)
Bernadette Ilagan (2007)
Zhang Yu (2006)
James Hayami (2006)
Vivian Wang (2005)
Soroor Sharifpoor (2005)
Darryl Knight (2004)
Norma Turner (2004)
Susan Wang (2002)

Undergraduate: 4th Year Thesis

Sarah McManus (2021)
Jessica Shearer (2021)
Christopher Rayner (2020))
Isabelle Mahaffy (2020)
Allison Cranwill (2019)
Brianna Bradley (2019)
Emily Munn (2019)
Djalal Fakim (2019)
Brooke Hall (2018)
Nick Wilson (2018)
Sheradon Doherty (2018)
Brandon Zhao (2017)
Tiziana Brescacin (2017)
Mitchell de Prinse (2017)
Kathryn Corbett (2017)
Andrea Whyte (2016)
Rachael Murre (2016)
Beth McDonald (2015)
William Chaplin (2015)
Fiona Serack (2014)
Anand Lakhani (2014)
Locke Davenport Huyer (2014)
Laura Burchell (2013)
Ramona Neferu (2013)
Brittany McGregor (2013)
Daniel Marienescu (2013)
Christine van Warmerdam (2012)
Emily Chan (2012)
Muriel Playle (2012)
James Ewart (2011)
Meghan Rooney (2011)
Emily Mattiussi (2010)
Nicholas Hadjiev (2010)
Marie-Claire Maes (2010)
Kelsea Fitzpatrick (2009)
Stephanie Fisher (2009)
Andrew Woodward (2009)
Rossini Yue (2009)
Joe Steele (2009)
Claire Yu (2009)
John Wolozszyn (2009)
Sara Richardson (2008)
Nikki Apostolakis (2008)
Sara Michalowicz (2008)
Kevin Marcotte (2008)
Sara Soubliere (2008)
Alex Lau (2007)
Derek Mcfadden (2006)
Meghan Marshall (2006)
Kevin Williams (2005)
Genevieve Gavigan (2005)
Daniel Toguri (2004)
Andrew Mikhail (2004)
Laura Ritchie (2003)
Ahmad Kayssi (2003)
Allison Gillies (2003)
Laura Wells (2003)
Justyna Bochanysz (2002)
Luke Devine (2002)
Aba Mortley (2002)
Kristin McLarty (2002)
Alyssa Tomkins (2002)
Kevin Grotheer (2001)
Stephanie Bloom (2001)

Undergraduate: Summer Research Student

Stephen Maloney (2016)
Brandon Zhao (2016)
Natalie A. Smith (2015)
Amanda Brissenden (2014)
William Chaplin (2014)