About the Director

Professor Warren Chan

Warren Chan, PhD, FAIMBE Distinguished Professor of Nanobioengineering & Director, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto


Professor Warren Chan was appointed director of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), effective January 1, 2018, for a five-year term.

Professor Chan is a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Nanobioengineering. His lab develops nanotechnology for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed research articles, seven book chapters and a book. He has been cited over 39,000 times, given more than 150 invited presentations, and holds 15 patents/provisional patents.

As director, Professor Chan provides leadership to more than 100 research engineers and scientists throughout the Greater Toronto Area who are responsible for educating IBBME’s 300 graduate students. Together, they are actively engaged in the development of neuroscience, rehabilitation and sensory stimulation technologies, biomaterials and tissue engineering, molecular systems biology and nanotechnology, as well as medical device and drug delivery systems design.

Professor Chan received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and his PhD from Indiana University. He joined IBBME as a faculty member in 2002, was promoted to associate professor in 2008 and to full professor in 2012.

Professor Chan has been the recipient of the Kabiller International Nanomedicine Award (2015) and the NSERC E. W. Steacie Fellowship (2012). He was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2014.

He has previously served as IBBME’s Collaborative Program coordinator from 2008 to 2011 and is currently an associate editor of ACS Nano.

Past Directors

Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME)

  • Warren Chan, 2018–present
  • Christopher M. Yip, 2013–2017
  • Paul Santerre, 2008–2013
  • C. Ross Ethier, 2005–2007
  • Michael V. Sefton, 1999–2005

Centre for Biomaterials, Faculty of Dentistry

  • Robert M. Pilliar, 1992–1999
  • Dennis C. Smith, 1986–1992

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

  • Hans Kunov, 1989–1999
  • Walter Zingg, 1983–1989
  • Richard S. C. Cobbold, 1974–1983

Institute of Biomedical Electronics

  • Norman F. Moody, 1962–1974