Assistant Professor – Department of Applied Oral Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering , BSc – Biochem (University of Ottawa), BASc – Chem. Eng. (University of Ottawa), PhD – Biomed. Eng. (University of Toronto)
My research program focuses on the development of advanced tissue construct platforms and assay technologies to understand fundamental phenomenon that govern tissue homeostasis and responses in human diseases. Specifically I’m interested in creating in vitro tools to understand the role of human associated microbes in chronic disease, including metabolic syndrome, fibrosis and cancer.
MASc Student – Biomedical Engineering
I recently graduated from Mount Allison University (’17) with a BSc in Honours Biochemistry. For my undergraduate thesis I studied excitonic connectivity in marine cyanobacteria. I am current pursuing an MASc in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Leung. For my thesis I will be working to optimize an Aqueous Two Phase System for use in bacterial – mammalian cell interaction studies. I then hope to use the system to explore interactions between bacteria, the AHL quorum sensing molecule, and the bitter taste receptor on epithelial cells.
BSc Honours Student – Medical Sciences
I am currently in my fourth year of study in the inaugural class of Dalhousie University’s Medical Sciences undergraduate program, and have a strong interest in the field of oral health. In pursuit of an Honours degree, I am working on a research project with the Department of Applied Oral Sciences that investigates the applications of stem cells from the apical papilla (SCAP) in cutting-edge regenerative endodontic therapies. In collaboration with Dr. Brendan Leung and Dr. Isabel Mello (Faculty of Dentistry), my involvement with this project began in October 2016 and has continued through 2017 after receiving a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. The goal of this project is to shed light on a regenerative endodontic protocol that may ultimately improve the clinical success of root canal therapies in patients with developing teeth.
BSc Directed Research Student – Medical Sciences
I am currently a fourth year Medical Science student at Dalhousie University. I am working on a directed project that will be focusing on how components of e-cigarettes affect the process of wound healing in the oral epithelium. I have always been interested in the field of biomedical engineering and I have been lucky enough to work under the supervision of Dr. Leung.
Emily Bishop – DDS summer student, 2017
Claire Jurgens – Undergraduate research student, 2017
Michaela Kember – Undergraduate research student, Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP), 2017
Lauren Kelly – Undergraduate research student, Dalhousie Integrated Science Program (DISP), 2017
Jacob Nickerson – DDS summer student, 2016