John Frampton (Team Leader)
I am an Assistant 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.
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.
Matthew d’Entremont (PhD Student, Co-supervised with Dr. Jeremy Brown)
Matt d'Entremont, is pursuing his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at Dalhousie University. He is researching methods to use high-frequency ultrasound transducer technology and histotripsy to etch features in soft materials used for tissue engineering. Matt’s MASc thesis explored methods of detecting and monitoring tissue ischemia and infarction. With his PhD research, Matt hopes to establish a novel method that will allow for precise perfusion and oxygenation of engineered tissues without heating the surrounding tissue. Matt has also developed various products from concept to production throughout his career, and continues to do so while pursuing his PhD through his role as Director of the Nova Scotia Design & Development Centre. Matt is a recipient of a National Manulife Scholarship for his PhD graduate work from Engineers Canada in Ottawa.
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).
Stefan Pendlmayr (Visiting MSc Student, Co-supervised with Dr. Geoff Maksym)
Stefan holds a Bachelor’s degree in nanoscience from Aarhus University in Denmark. He is currently an exchange student from Aarhus University conducting the first semester of his MSc degree in nanoscience at Dalhousie University, where he is designing systems to produce airway microtissue rings for investigating the contractility of airway smooth muscle cells exposed to various stimuli. The ultimate goal of his project is to develop cost-effective, efficient and easily-transferable approaches for producing airway microtissues to study respiratory diseases such as asthma.
Madison Kropp (Undergraduate 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 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.
Angela Tsai (Undergraduate Honours Student)
Angela is a student in the Dalhousie Medical Sciences Program with a minor in French. Having volunteered in the Eskes and Maksym labs for more than a year, she now holds an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and an IB renewable scholarship. She is currently working on modelling the airway system using 3D cell culture and investigating the relationships between different lung cell types. In her free time, she tutors, coordinates the Dalhousie French Society, and partakes in the Dalhousie iGEM Team. She also volunteers for the Halifax Public Libraries and the Dalhousie University International Centre.