Montreal Student Chapter

Canadian Biomaterials Society (CBS)

Previous Board members

Houman Hello, this is Houman Savoji, the Initiator and Current President of Montreal Student Chapter of the Canadian Biomaterial Society (CBS-MC). The mandate of my position is to oversee the affairs of the chapter and correspond with the CBS board of directors. I hold B.Sc. degree (major in Process Engineering) and M.Sc. degree (major in Biomedical Engineering) in Chemical Engineering from Iran. I worked in engineering companies as a Senior Process Engineer and R&D Researcher for 5 years before coming to Canada. I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada. My current research focuses on “Design and Characterization of Electrospun Vascular Grafts”.  I have been involved in many extracurricular activities (Professional, Scientific, Educational, Social and so on) such as Member of the Executive Committee of Several Conferences and Student Associations, Editor of Chemical Engineering Department Scientific Journal, Leader of Hiking Group and Founder of Consulting Engineering Group during my past and current studies.

davidHello fellow members, my name is David Fong and I am your current active Vice-President in External Relations of the CBS Montreal Student Chapter. The mandate of my position is to oversee communications with industry, institutional parties with the student chapter. I first earned a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering from McGill University followed by an M.Sc.A. from the University of Sherbrooke. I am currently enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D program at École Polytechnique de Montréal. My research interests lie in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine through biomaterials. I am particularly interested in investigating how immune responses can be manipulated through biomaterials to achieve beneficial wound repair responses.

YinanMy name is Yinan Zhang and I am your current active Vice-President in Internal Relations of the CBS Montreal Student Chapter. The mandate of my position is to oversee the administrative operations of the chapter, facilitate communication between active members and executive members and mentors, and serve as the first point of contact on recruitment matters and member affairs. I have first earned my B.Eng degree in Materials Science and Engineering department at Beijing University of Technology in China. Then I have finished my M.Sc.A. in Mechanical Engineering department at Concordia University in Canada. After my Master, I have further extended my research interest from metallic alloys to metallic glassy materials for biomedical implants. I am currently a research assistant at Concordia University and NRC Aerospace. Nice to meet you in CBS Montreal Student Chapter.

profil-CFMy name is Charles Fortier, I am your conference representative here at the CBS Montréal Student Chapter. I graduated from l’École Centrale de Lyon in France in general  engineering. I now am a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal and at the NRC Montréal-Royalmount, where I am focussing my research on peptide and polymer-based non viral gene delivery vectors. I am the Chapter’s liaison with Biomaterials Conference organizing commitees, and I am also in charge of bringing you information regarding incoming biomaterials conferences. I hope you will not miss any more abstract submission and registration deadlines from now on! Good luck with your work!

fredericMy name is Frederic Murschel and I am your current active Secretary of the CBS Montreal Student Chapter. The mandate of my position is to maintain a list of active members, send an agenda and call for meetings, as well as take minutes of the meetings. I completed my engineering degree (multidisciplinary skills) in Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France. I came to Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal to participate in the Biomedical Engineering M. Sc. A.  program, so as to get acquainted with the field of biomaterials and academic research. I decided to carry on as a Ph. D. student in Polytechnique, and I am currently focusing on growth factor grafting on biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Please contact us if you wish to join our Chapter  !

markGreetings! I’m Mark James-Bhasin. As your treasurer, my mandate is to oversee financial operations of the chapter. This includes regular updates of financial activities and to project costs associated with upcoming events. I’m currently completing my PhD in a biomaterials lab by supervision in the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. My work is as diverse as engineering materials to direct the course of stem cell differentiation, work that regards breast cancer metastasis, and studies that regard innate immune responses to biopolymers. I earned my most recent Masters in Immunology at the University of Nottingham where I investigated the effect of various biopolymers on the innate immune response. The fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and biomaterials are of strong interest to me. It’s my pleasure to make your acquaintance – strike a chat up with me!

SamHi there! My name is Samantha Noël and I am your I.T. officer. My mandate is to promote and maintain means of communication to other members of the chapter through use of media interfaces. This includes keeping up to date this public website as well as moderating our forum. I am currently a PhD candidate in Pr. De Crescenzo’s lab, working on the functionalization of polymeric biomaterials for vascular applications. I come from France where I obtained an engineering degree (in a multidisciplinary program). Willing to pursue my studies in research, I came and began a PhD in Montréal, a city full of universities and labs working in the fascinating field of biomaterials. I hope this chapter efficiently connects all of the above so we can share our interests in the field !


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