John Frampton (Team Leader)
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cellular, Biomaterial and Matrix Interaction. I trained as a PhD student in the School of Public Health at SUNY at Albany, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Michigan. At Dalhousie University, my group of highly qualified trainees is working at the intersection of chemistry, physics and biology to explore the interactions of various soft materials with cells, design novel biomaterials and develop cutting-edge miniaturization technologies with applications in biotechnology and medicine.
Samuel Baldwin (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Sam trained as a BSc honours student and PhD student in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University. His PhD research focused on the development of a novel AFM technique for mechanically characterizing protein aggregates and applying the technique to an in vitro tendon damage model in tandem with thermal and enzymatic treatments. He is currently developing a protocol for fabricating biologically doped polymer fabrics for cell culture and medical applications focusing on guided extracellular matrix fabrication and drug delivery.
Alyne Teixeira (PhD Student)
Alyne completed her undergraduate degree in Industrial Pharmacy and her Master's degree in Biosciences and Technology of Bioactive Products in Brazil. As an industry scientist, she conducted many research projects involving pharmaceutical R&D. She volunteered as a research assistant in the Dalhousie University in the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, before joining the School of Biomedical Engineering as a PhD student in 2016. She is currently developing microfluidics devices for encapsulation of biomolecules to improve treatment of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases. She also works in collaboration with research groups from the IWK Health Center evaluating technologies for vaccine adjuvant screening and evaluation. Alyne holds a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship from the Nova Scotia Provincial Government.
Jonathan Tjong (PhD Student)
Jonathan completed his undergraduate degree in Human Biology at the University of California San Diego and worked at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research and the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology. He completed his MASc in Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie University, where he examined the influence of dysregulation of the airway epithelium on airway smooth muscle cell function. He began his PhD research in 2019 in the development of a microtissue approach for modeling asthma in the small airways.
Nicky Tam (MASc Student)
Nicky completed his undergraduate studies in the Department of Physiology and Physics at McGill University. There, he worked on processing brain imaging data and studied the interactions of light on brain tissue and fluorescent dyes. He is now working towards a MASc, working with biomaterials and cellular models. His current project involves developing and comparing techniques for cancer cell culturing in 3D in order to better mimic natural systems. Nicky is part of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI) Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP).
Karan Chowdhry (MSc Student)
Karan is an MSc student in the Department of Physics supervised by Dr. Laurent Kreplak. He did his undergraduate degree in Physics at McMaster University, where his interest in soft matter physics and related application in biology began. His work with the Frampton Lab focuses on exploring the physical parameters required to form fibers from viscous solutions of polymers and processes for incorporating bio-active materials into the fibers.
Zachary Visser (MASc Student)
Zachary completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry (double major in Biology) at Acadia University. There, he worked on studying differential gene regulation of novel Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators, a type of hormonal therapy for breast cancer. He is now working towards a MASc, working with viscous polymer solutions to form fibres that can support nerve regeneration. He was awarded a Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scholarship to pursue this project
Lizzy Baker (MSc Student)
Lizzy completed her undergraduate degree with honours in biochemistry at Mount Allison University. There, her research focused on crustacean innate immunology and pathology. She is now an MSc student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology co-supervised by Dr. Jan Rainey, studying recombinant spider silks and their potential as a novel biomaterial to facilitate neuronal growth and ultimately regeneration. She was awarded a Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scholarship to pursue this project.
Madison Kropp (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Madison is a student in the department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and the department of Microbiology and Immunology. She began her research in the Frampton Lab as a microbiology co-op student during the summer of 2018. Her research involves designing and developing liver tissue models using biopatterning techniques and investigating how hepatocytes interact with their extracellular matrix.
Maia Kvas (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Maia is a student in the Dalhousie Medical Sciences program. She started her research career in the Frampton Lab as part of the integrated science program, where she worked towards optimizing a cross-reaction free multiplex ELISA platform. Maia held and NSERC USRA in the summer of 2018, where she worked to further optimize and conduct a cost/benefit analysis on a similar immunoassay system. Outside of the lab, she is the vice president of the Dalhousie Ringette team, the finance lead for Dal’s Engineers Without Borders society and a volunteer with Dal Let’s Talk Science.
Kiha Kim (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Kiha is a Dalhousie student majoring in Medical Sciences. He is working as a student researcher in the Frampton Lab for his 2019 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award project. Kiha is examining the growth of various cell types on polymeric fibers that incorporate extracellular matrix proteins. Outside of the lab, he is working as the President of the Dalhousie Association of Korean-Canadian Scientists and Engineers and volunteers for Frontier College.
Madelaine Robertson (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Madelaine is an undergraduate student doing a combined honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Neuroscience. Her research is being co-supervised by Dr. Jan Rainey and Dr. John Frampton, and involves optimization of recombinant spider silk protein films as a novel biomaterial to grow neurons on.