Milica Radisic, University of Toronto

Presented by Santiago Faucher, Global Director, Technology Development, Hatch (right)

Milica Radisic is professor at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering. She obtained BEng from McMaster University in 1999, and PhD form the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004, both in chemical engineering. Radisic received numerous awards and fellowships, including MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators under 35; In 2010, she was named “The One to Watch” by the Scientist and the Toronto Star; she also received McMaster Arch Award. She was a recipient of the Professional Engineers Ontario-Young Engineer Medal in 2011, Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and NSERC E.W.R Steacie Fellowship in 2014. In 2014 she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists and in 2015 she became a Fellow of the AIMBE. The long term objective of Radisic’s research is to enable cardiovascular regeneration through tissue engineering and development of new biomaterials.  Her research interests also include microfluidic cell separation and development of in vitro models for drug testing. Currently, Radisic holds research funding from CIHR, NSERC, CFI, ORF, NIH, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She is an associate editor for ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering and a member of Editorial Board of Tissue Engineering. She serves on CIHR BME panel. She is actively involved with BMES (Cardiovascular Track Chair in 2013 and 2104) and TERMIS-AM (Council member, Chair of the Membership Committee). Her research findings were presented in over 100 research papers, reviews and book chapters with h-index of 40 and over 5000 citations.  She is a co-founder of a start-up company TARA Biosystems focused on the use of engineered tissues in drug development.