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Facility Director


Boris Hinz

University of Toronto Distinguished Professor in Tissue Repair and Regeneration
Keenan Chair in Fibrosis Research, St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto


Facility Manager


Dhaarmini Rajshankar

  • Microscopic analysis of cell-matrix adhesion dynamics using ICC/IHC, Live cell imaging with Brightfield, widefield, confocal, and STED microscopy.

  • Histological assessments of demineralized hard tissue and soft tissue samples.

Facility Advisors

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Karina Carneiro 

Assistant Professor


  • DNA-based biomaterials and scaffolds

  • Hard tissue regeneration

  • Protein self-assembly


Laurent Bozec

Associate Professor


  • Nanometrology and nanomechanics of collagen, cell-surface interactions and connective tissue disorders, including cancer. 

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Facility Support Team

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Jian Wang

Manager, SEM & Mechanical testing laboratories

Mechanical testing of biological and implant materials.

Scanning Electron Microscopy service, including image analysis.


Aiman Ali

Manager, Histopathology Research Unit (HRU)

Histology service for mineralized and demineralized tissue,

Preparation of histopathology reports for research.

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Maya Ezzo

Graduate student

Live cell imaging, calcium imaging, Particle image velocimetry (PIV), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Traction Force Microscopy (TFM)

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Sophia Huang

Graduate student

AFM expertise

Alumni Team Members


Denise Eymael

Laboratory Technician


Histology service for mineralized and demineralized tissue,

SEM and µCT


João Firmino

Image Analysis Director


Image processing/analysis, data visualization and scripting

 Live-cell imaging microscopy 

Drosophila, Zebrafish, Chicken and cell culture expertise

ImageJ, ilastik, Volocity, CellProfiler, QuPath, ZEN, RStudio

Bearded all year long

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Nancy Valiquette

Laboratory Technician


Histology service for mineralized and demineralized tissue,

SEM and µCT


Shahrez Waseem

Marketing Specialist

Maria Lin

Lab  Marketing Specialist


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