Dr. Kibret Mequanint

Dr. Kibret MequanintProfessor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Office: TEB 439
Telephone: 519-661-2111 x 88573
Email: kmequani@eng.uwo.ca
External Website: http://eng.uwo.ca/chemical/faculty/mequanint_k/research.html



Research Interests / Specializations: South Africa, Ethiopia; Medical devices and therapeutics, Micronutrients, Food processing

Research Interests: 

The research theme in the Mequanint Lab is in the areas of polymeric biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Our earlier studies focused on polyurethane-derived biomaterials but it evolved to include hydrogels, biodegradable poly(ester amide)s, and polyphosphazenes. In addition to these, the lab has active research in the utility of naturally-occurring gels and radiation tracer molecules (tetrazolium derivatives) as radiation dosimeter for quality assurance of cancer treatment.


SELECTED AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

Mending Broken Hearts. Growing blood Vessels in a lab is no longer science fiction. (Profiled by Heart and Stroke Foundation). Impact Update Spring Edition (2016)
Award of Recognition. 2016
Edward G Pleva Excellence in Teaching Award. University of Western Ontario, 2015
Faculty Scholar Award. University of Western Ontario, 2014
Bikila Professional Excellence Award. 2014
R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western Engineering, 2011
Early Researcher Award. Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, 2007
Forschungszentrum Jülich Fellowship at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, 2001-2002
DAAD Fellowship, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, 2000