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Karen Cheung

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Associate Director, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Bio-Medical Micro Devices Lab
University of British Columbia

Dr. Cheung received her BSc and PhD degrees in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. From 2002–2005, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research interests include lab-on-a-chip systems for cell culture and characterization, inkjet printing for tissue engineering, and implantable neural interfaces. Current research projects involve miomedical microsystems for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, dielectric spectroscopy for flow cytometry, implantable polymer-based microelectrode arrays, and integrated cell culture systems.

John Madden

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, AMPEL
Director, Molecular Mechatronics Lab
University of British Columbia

Dr. Madden worked as a research scientist at MIT before joining UBC in 2002. He completed his PhD work in the BioInstrumentation Laboratory at MIT. His bachelor’s degree is in Honours Physics, UBC and he has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, McGill. John Madden and his team are investigating new and unusual electronic materials for application in printable electronics, sensors and as artificial muscle, using materials including conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes and electrospun carbon nanofibers.

Wolfram Tetzlaff

Professor
Surgery
Director, ICORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries)
University of British Columbia

Dr. Tetzlaff is the Director of ICORD and a Professor in the Departments of Zoology and Surgery at the University of British Columbia. He also holds the John and Penny Ryan BC Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Research. He obtained his M.D. at the University of Essen, completed his Dr. Med. at Ruhr-University Bochum and his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary. Dr. Tetzlaff’s ultimate vision is to combine multiple strategies to encourage nerve cells to grow and enhance recovery after spinal cord injury. His lab is working to translate research findings in restorative medicine into clinical practice.

Adam Fraser

Program Manager
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia

Dr. Fraser received his Masters in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2010 and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2015. As part of Cambridge’s EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC), his thesis focused on the application of nanostructured catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells and catalytic converters. Dr. Fraser’s industry experience includes strategy consulting and management for multinationals and start-up companies in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) and health sectors.

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Karen Cheung

April 20, 2018

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Woo Soo Kim

July 6, 2018

Associate Professor
Mechatronic Systems Engineering
Simon Fraser University
Launch
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Babak Shadgan

July 29, 2019

Assistant Professor
Orthopaedics
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Mu Chiao

April 20, 2018

Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Stephanie Willerth

August 17, 2018

Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of Victoria
Launch
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Tania Lam

August 7, 2019

Professor
Kinesiology
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Jay Kizhakkedathu

April 20, 2018

Professor
Chemistry
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Mattia Bacca

September 26, 2018

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Vanessa Noonan

September 7, 2019

Director
Research & Best Practice Implementation
Rick Hansen Institute
Launch
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Frank Ko

April 20, 2018

Professor
Materials Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Mirella Dottori

October 4, 2018

Associate Professor
School of Medicine
University of Wollongong
Launch
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Anita Ho

September 7, 2019

Associate Professor
School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Shuo Tang

October 4, 2018

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
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Claire Preston

July 2, 2020

Research Manager
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Carlo Menon

April 20, 2018

Professor
Mechatronic Systems Engineering
Simon Fraser University
Launch
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Z. Jane Wang

October 4, 2018

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Sukhneet Dhillon

July 2, 2020

Research Manager
Biomedical Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Shahriar Mirabbasi

April 20, 2018

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Jaimie Borisoff

November 6, 2018

Research Director
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Launch
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Carolyn Sparrey

April 20, 2018

Associate Professor
Mechatronic Systems Engineering
Simon Fraser University
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Silvia Raschke

November 6, 2018

Project Leader
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Launch
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Alyson Fournier

July 4, 2020

Professor
Neurology and Neurosurgery
McGill University
Launch
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Boris Stoeber

April 20, 2018

Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Geoff Spinks

November 6, 2018

Professor
Materials Engineering
University of Wollongong
Launch
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Christian Göritz

July 4, 2020

Principal Investigator
Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Karolinska Institutet
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Nancy Paris

November 6, 2018

Director, MAKE+ and PART
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Launch
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Karim Fouad

July 4, 2020

Professor
Rehabilitation Medicine & Physical Therapy
University of Alberta
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Machiel Van Der Loos

April 20, 2018

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Gordon Wallace

November 6, 2018

Executive Research Director, ACES
University of Wollongong
Launch
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Ziliang Ye

July 4, 2020

Assistant Professor
Physics & Astronomy
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Konrad Walus

April 20, 2018

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Brittany Pousett

November 14, 2018

Head of Research
Barber Prosthetics
Launch
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James Tour

July 7, 2020

Professor
Chemistry, Nanomaterials Engineering
Rice University
Launch
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Dave Moe

November 14, 2018

Owner
Barber Prosthetics
Launch
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William Sikkema

July 27, 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher
Biomedical Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Gursel Alici

May 30, 2018

Professor
Materials and Mechatronic Engineering
University of Wollongong
Launch
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Victor Yang

November 14, 2018

Associate Professor
Neurosurgery
University of Toronto
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Molly Shoichet

November 27, 2020

Professor
CRC in Tissue Engineering
Chemical Engineering
University of Toronto
Launch
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Ken Takahata

May 30, 2018

Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Marc in het Panhuis

November 14, 2018

Professor
Chemistry
University of Wollongong
Launch
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Mohsen Akbari

December 1, 2020

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
University of Victoria
Launch
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Rizhi Wang

May 31, 2018

Professor
Materials Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Edmond Cretu

November 21, 2018

Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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John Madden

April 20, 2018

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Wolfram Tetzlaff

April 20, 2018

Professor
Surgery
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Dena Shahriari

July 4, 2020

Assistant Professor
Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch
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Adam Fraser

May 2, 2018

Program Manager
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Launch

Mend the Gap Committee

Karen Cheung

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Associate Director, Biomedical Engineering
Director, Bio-Medical Micro Devices Lab
University of British Columbia

Dr. Cheung received her BSc and PhD degrees in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. From 2002–2005, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research interests include lab-on-a-chip systems for cell culture and characterization, inkjet printing for tissue engineering, and implantable neural interfaces. Current research projects involve miomedical microsystems for diagnostic and therapeutic applications, dielectric spectroscopy for flow cytometry, implantable polymer-based microelectrode arrays, and integrated cell culture systems.

John Madden

Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, AMPEL
Director, Molecular Mechatronics Lab
University of British Columbia

Dr. Madden worked as a research scientist at MIT before joining UBC in 2002. He completed his PhD work in the BioInstrumentation Laboratory at MIT. His bachelor’s degree is in Honours Physics, UBC and he has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, McGill. John Madden and his team are investigating new and unusual electronic materials for application in printable electronics, sensors and as artificial muscle, using materials including conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes and electrospun carbon nanofibers.

Wolfram Tetzlaff

Professor
Surgery
Director, ICORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries)
University of British Columbia

Dr. Tetzlaff is the Director of ICORD and a Professor in the Departments of Zoology and Surgery at the University of British Columbia. He also holds the John and Penny Ryan BC Leadership Chair in Spinal Cord Research. He obtained his M.D. at the University of Essen, completed his Dr. Med. at Ruhr-University Bochum and his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary. Dr. Tetzlaff’s ultimate vision is to combine multiple strategies to encourage nerve cells to grow and enhance recovery after spinal cord injury. His lab is working to translate research findings in restorative medicine into clinical practice.

Dena Shahriari

Assistant Professor
(January 2021)
Orthopaedics, Biomedical Engineering
ICORD
University of British Columbia

Dr. Shahriari is a biomaterials scientist and a neural engineer and is an incoming Assistant Professor at UBC. She received her BS in Bioengineering from University of California Berkeley, MS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT in the Bioelectronics group from 2016-2020. Dena primarily works at the interface of smart biomaterials and neural interfaces for nerve regeneration and organ augmentation after paralysis.

Adam Fraser

Program Manager
Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia

Dr. Fraser received his Masters in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2010 and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2015. As part of Cambridge’s EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC), his thesis focused on the application of nanostructured catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells and catalytic converters. Dr. Fraser’s industry experience includes strategy consulting and management for multinationals and start-up companies in the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) and health sectors.

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