2017

Today my very first PhD student defended her thesis successfully. Congrats Dr. Wafa Altalhi! We both learned so much in these past 5 years. Good luck! (Sep 2017)

 
Wafa, Margaret, olya, Ben, xuetao, yassi, sara and kenneth celebrating

Wafa, Margaret, olya, Ben, xuetao, yassi, sara and kenneth celebrating

 

Thanks to the talented Maria Chakra (@PatternsNGames) for the great sketch of my talk on "Cardiovascular tissue engineering and regeneration: building complexity" at the Medicine by Design organoid group earlier this month (Aug 2017).

 
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by maria chakra

 

We welcome Olga Mastikhina who will be doing her MSc with us through the IBBME program at UofT (July 2017).

Congrats to Xuetao as his abstract got selected for oral presentation at the 2017 Till & McCulloch Meeting in Mount Tremblant. He also got a full travel award from Medicine by Design! (July 2017)

We welcome the newest member of the Vasconcelos lab: Kenneth Williams. Kenny will be doing his MSc with us through the LMP program at UofT (July 2017).

Our trainees support the implementation of the Naylor Report and wanted you to know. You should support it too! [link]

 
Xuetao, Ben, Margaret, Yassi & wafa #supportthereport

Xuetao, Ben, Margaret, Yassi & wafa #supportthereport

 

Congratulations to our own Ben Moon for winning 1st place at the Ontario-on-a-Chip symposium Video Competition with his Hearts-on-a-chip (May 2017) [LINK]

Dr. Sara Vasconcelos has been awarded funding from CIHR (project grant) to pursue research in cardiac regenerative medicine in myocardial infarction. (May 2017)

Dr. Sara Vasconcelos NSERC discovery grant application in the effects of biomimetic cues in cardiovascular system formation has been funded. (Apr 2017)

Today we said goodbye to our undergrad Julia who's graduating from UofT. Thanks for the hard work! (Apr 2017)

 
Lab Lunch at margaritas to say goodbye to julia (left).

Lab Lunch at margaritas to say goodbye to julia (left).

 

We went out to celebrate Wafa's paper coming out. (Mar 2017)

 
lab lunch at mercatto

lab lunch at mercatto

 

Congrats to our research associate Xuetao Sun! His paper is out at Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. (Mar 2017)

Xuetao is the star of our JoVE paper coming out soon. It took a full day to film it but we made sure to have fun in the process! (Feb 2017)

 
  photo by ben moon

  photo by ben moon

 

2016

Joint holiday celebration with Husain and Laflamme labs. Celebrating the end of a productive year. (Dec 2016)

 
photo by bani bali

photo by bani bali

 

Congrats to our PhD candidate Wafa Altalhi and research associate Xuetao Sun for the acceptance of their manuscript on the impact of diabetes on vessel maturation and arterio-venous specification in vascularized engineered tissues at Biomaterials! (Dec 2016)

Congrats to Wafa for receiving a travel award from CIHR to present her work on the impact of diabetes on pre-vascularized engineered tissues at IVBM 2016 in Boston! (Oct 2016)

Lab lunch at Adega! (Sep 2016)

 
lab lunch

lab lunch

 

Drs. Sara Vasconcelos, Cristina Nostro and Derek van der Kooy have been awarded funding from JDRF-USA to pursue research in Type 1 diabetes [LINK]. (Sep 2016)

Congratulations to Yassi for winning the prestigious JDRF-Lilly Canada fellowship! (Sep 2016)

Drs. Sara Vasconcelos, Cristina Nostro, Derek van der Kooy and Mark Cattral team grant has been funded by Medicine by Design, Canada First Research Excellence Fund [LINK]. (Aug 2016)

We welcome Byeong-Ui (Ben) Moon to the lab! He will be working on our microfuidics, organ-on-a-chip projects. (Aug 2016)

Congratulations to Yassi for winning TGRI postdoctoral fellowship! (Aug 2016)

Congratulations Yassi on your marriage! Here we are helping her say goodbye to the single life... (Jun 2016)

 
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Congratulations to the Mighty Myocytes who raised >$5,000 this year for the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the Ride for Heart. (Jun 2016)

 
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We are excited to be part of the Team funded by NSERC's Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program, designed to help train teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows in organ-on-a-chip engineering and entrepreneurship (TOeP). [LINK]

Drs. Vasconcelos and Nostro have been awarded seed fund from Canada First Research Excellence Fund, Medicine by Design for their work on engineered human islets.

 

2015

Dr. Vasconcelos has received an Early Stage Faculty Travel Award from the European Society of Microcirculation for the 10th World Congress of Microcirculation in Tokyo, Japan. (Sep 2015)

We have received a Medical Research Award from the JP Bickell Foundation (Toronto, CA) (Oct 2015)

Dr. Vasconcelos received bridge funding from CIHR for her project on cell transplantation for myocardial regeneration. (Mar 2015)

 

2014

Sara Vasconcelos has received an Early Stage Faculty Travel Award from the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) for the 2014 TERMIS-AM conference in Washington D.C., USA.

We welcome Xuetao Sun to the lab! He will be leading a project on cardiac tissue regeneration using human induced pluripotent stem cells. (Aug 2014)

Congratulations to Sara and co-authors on receiving the Best manuscript award from the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto for the publication: “Biowire: a platform for maturation of human pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes”.

Congratulations to the Mighty Myocytes who raised >$1,700 this year for the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the Ride for Heart. (Jun 2014)

 
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Dr. Vasconcelos received bridge funding from CIHR for her project on vessel arterio-venous malformations. (Mar 2014)

We have successfully renewed our HSF grant on vessel arterio-venous specification (Mar 2014)

 

2013

Dr. Sara Vasconcelos has received the competitive Innovation and Career Development Travel Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

 

2012

Dr. Vasconcelos' project on vessel arterial-venous malformations was funded by the HSF.