Warren Chan appointed director of IBBME

Professor Warren Chan

Professor Warren Chan has been appointed as director of the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2018. (Photo: Neil Ta).

November 20, 2017

Professor Warren Chan has been appointed as director of the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2018.

The announcement was made in a joint memo from Cristina Amon, dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, Daniel Haas, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, and Trevor Young, dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

Chan joined IBBME as a faculty member in 2002, was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and to full professor in 2012.

He is currently the U of T Distinguished Professor of Nanobioengineering, and has been the recipient of the Kabiller International Nanomedicine Award (2015), and the NSERC E. W. Steacie Fellowship (2012). Chan also held the Canada Research Chair in Bionanoengineering from 2006-2016.

He has previously served as IBBME’s Collaborative Program coordinator from 2008 to 2011 and is currently an associate editor of ACS Nano.

Chan is an internationally recognized, leading researcher in the area of nanoengineering, where he is developing nanotechnology for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. He has published 91 peer-reviewed research articles, seven book chapters and a book.  He has been cited over 36,000 times, given 142 invited presentations, and holds 15 patents / provisional patents.

“Please join us in congratulating Warren on his appointment and wishing him all the best as he takes on this important role,” said Amon, Haas and Young.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to extend deepest gratitude and warm thanks on behalf of the three Faculties to Professor Craig Simmons for his outstanding leadership of the Institute over the last six months as interim director. Craig’s steadfast management of the Institute, in addition to his continued leadership of the Translational Biology & Engineering Program (TBEP), is commendable and very much appreciated.”


The following members of the U of T community provided their input on the selection of the IBBME director:

  • Professor Grant Allen, Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
  • Professor Ben Ganss, Vice-Dean Research, Faculty of Dentistry
  • Professor Penney Gilbert, IBBME
  • Professor Dawn Kilkenny, Teaching Stream, IBBME
  • Professor Alan Moody, Chair, Department of Medical Imaging
  • Mr. Ben Ouyang, Graduate Student, IBBME
  • Mr. Wilson Poon, Graduate Student, IBBME
  • Professor Milica Radisic, IBBME and Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
  • Professor Craig Simmons, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and IBBME
  • Ms. Nefeteria Wickham, Administrative Staff, IBBME