Montreal Student Chapter

Canadian Biomaterials Society (CBS)

Members 2017-2018

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We are happy to announce our new members for 2017-2018:

Neda Latifi – President

“Hello there, my name is Neda Latifi and I am the acting President of our chapter. I am a PhD candidate of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. My interests lie in soft tissue engineering and mechanobiology in particular bioreactor technology and biomaterial development and characterization. I joined CBS-Montreal Student Chapter as an associate member in June 2015. I have been actively involved in planning and organizing CBS events and workshops in Montreal since then. I have also had the chance to be a chief volunteer in charge of planning the student activity corner for the World Biomaterials Congress (WBC2016) in Montreal. I was then selected as the Vice President of Internal Affairs in July 2016. Considering my active involvement in the chapter during the past few years and our successful experience for the WBC2016 student activities and Montreal Biomaterial Research Day, I feel ready, experienced and interested in getting more involved as the President for 2017-2018 academic year. I look forward to collaborating with other members of our chapter to plan interesting events in Montreal and encourage Montreal students to the interesting field of biomaterials.”

Nick Cunningham-Vise president

Hi, I’m Nick the current Vice-President of the CBS student chapter in Montreal. I’m from the U.K. where I received my MEng degree in Bioengineering from the University of Sheffield, with a focus on biomaterials and tissue engineering. I am currently undertaking my PhD at the École de technologie supérieure with Prof. Sophie Lerouge, where my project investigates the use of biomaterials for cancer immunotherapy.

I have been an associate member of the chapter for a year, helping to organise our events, and as Vice-President I hope to further encourage networking and collaboration between students, academics and industry professionals working in in the field of biomaterials in Montreal.

Mandana Tavakolian – Conference representative

Hello everyone! My name is Mandana. I’m the new conference representitive of the CBS chapter in Montreal. During my undergrad and master studies, I’ve had many experiences serving in student unions. However, as a new international PhD student at McGill, it is my first experience to join a group. So, I’m so excited and wish to be a helpful and effective member for CBS student chapter. Currently, I’m in charge of the group’s financial activities and managing cost previsions for upcoming events. I earned my bachelor in chemical engineering and my masters in biomedical engineering, both from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. I started my PhD in summer 2016 at McGill. My project is on developing wood-based smart textile for biomedical applications such as wound dressing. The goal is to make antimicrobial surfaces out of natural materials (ex. wood-based cellulose) and to functionalize it with antimicrobial agents. I look forward to expanding our group and organizing interesting events.

Atma adoungotchodo- Secretary

Hello everyone! My name is Atma and I am the new secretary of CBS Montreal chapter. I received my B.Eng. at École Polytechnique de Montréal in 2014. I am currently doing my Ph.D. in Prof Lerouge’s lab at CRCHUM. My thesis is focused on designing a bioactive injectable hydrogel for intervertebral disc regeneration. I have some experiences in students associations. In 2016, I was involved in organizing WBC 2016 as volunteers’ chief. I really enjoyed this experience and would like to be more involved in CBS events. I am really excited for the coming year and looking forward to work with all of you. Hopefully I meet  you during our upcoming events.

Leili Ghazi zadeh –  IT officer and associate member

Hello everyone, my name is Leili Ghazi zadeh. I am a PhD candidate of in Biomedical Engineering/Regenerative Medicine. I gained my master degree in cell and molecular biology in Iran and regenerative medicine and technology (RMT) from the Netherlands. I was working on articular cartilage repair using microRNA for Osteoarthritis treatment from the Netherlands. I am a research scientist having background in cell and molecular biology with close to 5 years of experience in the field of cartilage tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. My interests lie in tissue engineering of soft and hard tissue. As a graduate candidate, I am currently conducting my research on “Freeze-dried chitosan-PRP injectable surgical implants for meniscus repair in vivo and in vitro”. I have recently joined CBS chapter in Montreal, and I look forward to collaborating with other members of our chapter to plan interesting events in Montreal, Canada. Feel free to contact me at




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