The RSC’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada. Fellowship in the RSC is one of the highest honours a Canadian researcher can achieve. New fellows will be inducted at the Society’s Celebration of Excellence in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 24, 2017.
Radisic is the Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering. She has pioneered a biomimetic approach to tissue engineering, in which a native tissue microenvironment is reproduced using engineering techniques such as microfabrication, in order to create high fidelity human tissue models. Radisic was the first in the world to use electrical impulses and specially designed bioreactors to guide isolated heart cells to assemble into a beating structure.
Recently, Professor Radisic and her team created an injectable tissue patch that could help repair hearts, livers or other organs damaged by disease or injury. They have also created the AngioChip, a 3D, fully vascularized piece of heart tissues that beats in real time.
Radisic’s technologies founded the start-up TARA Biosystems, which is now working with several major pharmaceutical companies on drug discovery and validation using matured human heart tissues.
“Professors Iravani and Radisic’s pioneering research contributions have established them as leaders in their fields, both in Canada and globally,” said Dean Cristina Amon. “They exemplify the very best of engineering innovation and the tremendous calibre of research conducted at U of T Engineering. On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate them on this richly deserved honour.”