Dr. Heather Sheardown posing in a laboratory with a model of a human eye. Researchers are behind her preparing samples and looking through a microscope.

Dr. Heather Sheardown

Professor & Dean, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University  

Scientific Director, C20/20 Innovation Hub 

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Ophthalmic Biomaterials

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Sheardown is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, and the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials and Engineering. She has an international reputation for her research on ophthalmic biomaterials, including her innovative work on the development of new materials for artificial cornea and ophthalmic drug delivery.

Sheardown has published extensively and holds several peer reviewed grants. She holds numerous patents on materials and drug delivery systems for treating conditions in the eye including several patents in conjunction with companies for the development of specific products and a recently granted patent on mucoadhesive micelles for treatment of dry eye. These micelles are the subject of a spin out company, 20/20 OptimEyes.

Sheardown has worked extensively with major ophthalmic materials companies as Scientific Director of the C20/20 Innovation Hub.

Staff

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Dr. Frances Lasowski

Executive Director of

C20/20 Innovation Hub

Ph.D. McMaster University

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Lina Liu

Research Engineer

M.A.Sc. Beijing University of Chemical Technology

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Annette Wilkins

Research Liaison

M.A. University of Toronto

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Benjamin Whitworth

Project Officer & Graphic Designer

BA (Hons) Norwich School

of Art & Design

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Jon Mofford

Research Assistant

B.Sc. University of Guelph

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Ben Muirhead

Animal Modelling & in-vivo Biomaterial Assessment for 20/20 OptimEyes

Ph.D. McMaster University

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Dr. Talena Rambarran

Polymer Synthesis & Innovation

Ph.D. McMaster University

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Graduate Students

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Zahan Cooper

M. A. Sc. Student

Chemical Engineering

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Emily-Anne Hicks

Ph.D. Student

Chemical Engineering

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Mitch Ross

Ph.D. Student

Chemical Engineering

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Eva Chang

M.A.Sc. Student

Biomedical Engineering

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Ridhdhi Dave

M.A.Sc. Student

Biomedical Engineering

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Alumni