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Dr. Adetola Adesida
Dr Adetola Adesida is a Professor and Divisional Director of Orthopaedic Basic Science Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta, Canada. He leads biologists, clinicians, and engineers interested in musculoskeletal and maxillofacial cartilage tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research. His research is supported by major competitive awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation of Innovation, University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He completed his doctoral studies at the School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester (UK), and post-doctoral training at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research in the University of Manchester and Harvard Medical School. He is a recipient of fellowship awards from Harvard Medical School and the Marie Curie fellowship program of the European Commission, which he exercised at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland. He is a recipient of the Collaborative Exchange Prize of the Orthopaedic Research Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a member of the College of Reviewers of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He serves on the editorial board of Nature Scientific Reports. He holds several patents and has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in cartilage tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Aillette Mulet Sierra
Dr. Shikha Chawla
Dr. Xiaoyi Lan
Zhiyao (Hilda) Ma
Dr. Michael Turner
Dr. Yan Liang
Margaret Vyhlidal is a Master of Science (MSc) student in the Department of Surgery in Dr. Adetola Adesida’s laboratory at the University of Alberta. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours degree in Physiology at the University of Alberta with a primary focus in cell physiology. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that underlie how meniscus cells sense, interpret, and respond to mechanical stimuli through a process known as mechanotransduction. Margaret has received a number of studentships including the national 2021/2022 Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship- Master’s (NSERC). She is grateful to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, and the University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for their support in her work. Upon finishing her MSc degree, Margaret is looking to enter medical school at a Canadian institution. Margaret enjoys spending her free time outdoors and engaging in many different physical activities including hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, skiing, and kickboxing.
David Li is an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta. He joined the lab in May 2020, where his project focused on developing mechano-hypoxia conditioning as a strategy to enhance formation of engineered human meniscus fibrocartilage. He is further developing this strategy using mesenchymal stem cells and hyaluronan hydrogels to engineer articular cartilage. David optimistically hopes to apply his civil engineering knowledge in a biology-related field.