Principal Investigators

Julie Audet is an Associate Professor in Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Audet’s research interests include cell manufacturing in the context of stem cell proliferation, differentiation and survival. She brings her expertise in cell manufacturing to M3

Mick Bhatia is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Human Stem Cell Biology and Professor in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University where he is the Director of the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI). Bhatia’s program focuses on developing abundant sources of human hematopoietic progenitors, and using human stem cells to develop treatments to eliminate tumor reoccurrence. Dr. Bhatia brings his expertise in tissue mimetics, screening and commercialization to M3.

Radhakrishnan Mahadevan is an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto. Dr. Mahadevan’s research interests include systems analysis, engineering and control of biological processes, genome-scale models of cellular processes and optimization. He brings his expertise in modeling and cell manufacturing to M3.

Alison McGuigan is an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Dr. McGuigan’s research interests include developing technologies to control cell organization, localized cell-cell signalling, cellalignment and cell migration. She brings her tissue mimetics and manufacturing expertise to M3.

Milica Radisic is the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering and an Associate Professor in Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She brings her expertise in manufacturing and tissue mimetics to M3.

Janet Rossant is a Professor in the Dept. of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children. A recognized world leader in mammalian developmental biology and genetics, Dr. Rossant has shown that early embryos give rise to trophoblast stem cells as well as pluripotent embryonic stem cells. Dr. Rossant is a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK and Canada) and brings her expertise in tissue mimetics to M3.

Michael Sefton is the Michael E Charles Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and University Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sefton is the Killam Prize winner (2008) and co-founder, Reveille Inc., which commercializes stem cell technology. He brings his expertise in biomaterials and commercialization to M3.

Derek van der Kooy is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. Dr. van der Kooy's lab discovered adult human and mouse retinal and pancreatic stem cells. Dr. van der Kooy brings his expertise in cell manufacturing and biomaterials to M3.

Muhammad Yousaf is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at York University. Dr. Yousaf’s research is at the interface of chemistry, material science and cell biology to develop bioanalytical tools and biomaterials. He brings his expertise in biomaterials and tissue mimetics to M3.

Peter Zandstra is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering and Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zandstra's work integrates engineering and biology. He is the founder of cord blood stem cell company, Insception, and is the Chief Scientific Officer of CCRM. He brings his expertise in cell manufacturing and commercialization to M3.