Impact Speaker Series—Engineering New Materials for Medicine

October 1, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WB 130
184 College St
Toronto, ON M5S 3E4

The practice of materials science and engineering is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. Within academic circles, biomedical research is a growing field where engineers are expected to interact with clinicians and biologist in workplaces far removed from traditional labs of the past.

In this presentation, Professor Matsuura will describe how she applied engineering principles to develop new materials for medical imaging and therapy. She will also highlight some challenges and opportunities she has encountered in a hospital research environment.

Lunch will be provided by the MSE Graduate Students’ Association. All are welcome.


About the Speaker

Naomi Matsuura, MSE PhD 0T3, PEng
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Imaging, and
Department of Materials Science & Engineering (cross-appointment), University of Toronto

Dr. Naomi Matsuura is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Imaging, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience working in specialized chemistry, physics, materials science and biophysics research labs, including at Chalk River Labs (AECL), CSIRO (Australia), ESPCI (France) and Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto.

Her main area of research explores how the interaction of medical imaging radiation with new materials can be exploited to both image and treat cancer. She is widely recognized as an expert in cancer nanotechnology through international invited talks, editorial roles for peer-reviewed journals, and as a member of cancer grant review panels as well as a conference moderator.

Professor Matsuura has been awarded over 11 peer-reviewed grants as a principal investigator totaling more than $1.1-million in operating funds. Among her many accolades, she was awarded the John Polanyi Prize in Physiology, Medicine and Physics in 2007.

Dr. Matsuura received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering physics from Queen’s University and her PhD in materials science and engineering from U of T under the supervision of Professor Harry Ruda. She is licenced Professional Engineer in Ontario.

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