Tools for engineering personalized neural tissue
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria
Acting Director, Centre for Biomedical Research
Dr. Willerth holds a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria where she holds dual appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Division of Medical Sciences as an Associate Professor. She currently serves as the Director for the Centre for Biomedical Research. Her honors include being named a Woman of Innovation in 2017, one of the 2015 Young Innovators in Cellular and Biological Engineering and a “Star in Global Health” by Grand Challenges Canada in 2014. She spent Fall of 2016 on sabbatical at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery supported by the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries International Travel Award where she wrote her forthcoming book “Engineering neural tissue using stem cells” due out in Fall 2017 from Elsevier. She completed her postdoctoral work at the University of California-Berkeley after receiving her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University. Her undergraduate degrees were in Biology and Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.