Biomaterials, Nanobiotechnology and Tissue Engineering

Research

An emerging area of excellence for Dentistry, with outstanding new recruits investigating nanometre-scale bone cements / biomaterials, synthetic tissue-engineered scaffoldings and controlled-release systems for bone reconstruction and salivary gland regeneration, and bioactivation of implants by surface nanostructuring and protein nanopatterning.

Knowledge translation goals

Our research has a focus on bone replacement and regeneration, salivary gland replacement, implant fixation and biosensors for patient diagnosis and treatment. More specifically, this research will (1) allow for early detection of biochemical changes associated with disease, and monitoring of wound healing, (2) provide new materials for repair of mineralized tissues following trauma or elective surgery, (3) develop new regenerative strategies for oral and skeletal hard and soft tissues, thereby accelerating or inducing healing with an aim of faster patient recovery and faster restoration of function, (4) create cell-based therapies for restoration of salivary gland function, and (5) create new strategies for integration of prostheses with bone allowing new and improved designs of oral implants to be developed with findings that may be translated to the cementless fixation of orthopaedic implants.

 

Researchers

Dr. Jake Barralet

  • Biomaterials
  • Drug delivery
  • Tissue regeneration

Dr. Maryam Tabrizian

  • Biomaterials
  • Biointerface
  • Biorecognition
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Nanomedicine

Dr. Faleh Tamimi

  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Biomaterials
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Bone regeneration
  • Dental implants

Dr. Simon Tran

  • Tissue engineering
  • Stem cell
  • Saliva
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Translational research

Associate Member/Adjunct Professor

Dr. Zahi Badran (Professor of Periodontology, University of Nantes)

  • Periodontology
  • Dental Implants
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Clinical Research

Dr. Marta Cerruti (Assistant Professor, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering)

  • Biomineralization
  • Bioactive Scaffolds
  • Drug Delivery
  • Dental Materials
  • Energy and the Environment

Dr. Showan Nazhat (Associate Professor, Department of Mining and Materials Engineering)

  • Polymers and Composites for Biomaterial Applications
  • Bone Tissue Engineering