Developing advanced nanoscale polymer-based materials for biomedical applications, our research group focuses on enhancing tissue engineering, imaging contrast agents and targeted drug delivery systems
Laboratory of polymer and nanoscale biomaterials chemistry
Our research group brings together research from the field of polymer chemistry and nanoscience at the interface of biology, pharmacy, and biomedicine. Our group primarily
focuses on the design and development of macromolecular nanoscale devices as multifunctional drug delivery nanocarriers, cellular imaging platforms, and tissue scaffolds for
biological and biomedical applications. Our particular interests are the integration of nanostructured materials with biology and biomedicine to develop advanced bionanomaterials
with multifunctionalities such as stimuli-responsive degradation (SRD). These materials can interface with biological processes as well as understand their biological functions,
thus offering enormous potential for cancer research and treatment. Currently, we are developing two major bionanomaterials, each of which addresses critical problems in the areas
2/23/2017: John has delivered a keynote lecture in Canadian Biomaterials Society/Montreal Biomaterials Research Day, Montreal, entitled "Tumor-targeting smart nanomedicines for enhanced drug release".
2/21/2017: Congratulation to our group. An NSERC Engage grant has been awared for collaborative research with Precision NanoSystems (Vancouver-based company) to develop "microfluidic assembly of dual enezyme and oxdiation-responsive polyesters".
2/16/2017: Congratulation to Dipa and Soyoung. Their paper entitled "Intracellular delivery colloidally-stable core-crosslinked triblock copolymer micelles with glutathione-responsive enhanced drug release for cancer therapy" has been accepted in Molecular Pharmaceutics (ACS).
1/20/2017: Congratulation to Soyoung. Her paper entitled "Multiblock copolymer-based dual dynamic disulfide and supramolecular crosslinked self-healing networks" has been accepted in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (wiley).
1/8/2017: Welcome Twinkal and Tam. They have joined our group as CHEM419 project students.
1/1/2017: Congratulation to Kamal. Her application for fast-track to PhD program has been approved with an International Tuition Waiver Scholarship wortho of $35,000.
12/10/2016: Congratulation to Sungmin, SungHwa, and Peter. Their paper entitled "A new reactive polymethacrylate bearing pendant furfuryl groups: synthesis, thermoreversible reactions, and self-healing" has been accepted in Polymer.
11/30/2016: Congratulations to So Young. She has defended her master thesis. She will pursue her PhD studies at the University of Toronoto.