Meet our Connaught Scholars

Physical Sciences Representative

Dr. Milica Radisic is Professor at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering. She obtained B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in 1999, and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Before joining University of Toronto in 2005, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology. Dr. Radisic has received numerous awards and fellowships, including MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators under 35.  In 2006, she was featured on the cover of the book Changing our world: True stories of women engineers.  Toronto Star named her one of the people to watch in 2010. She was named “The One to Watch” by the Scientist in June 2010 and she was the recipient of McMaster Arch Award in June 2010. She was a recipient of the Professional Engineers Ontario-Young Engineer Medal in 2011, Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award in 2012 and  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and E.W.R Steacie Fellowship in 2014. Dr. Radisic’s research is in the field of cardiac tissue engineering and biomaterials. She utilizes heart cells in combination with biomaterial scaffolds and bioreactors to cultivate functional heart tissue in vitro. Her research on electrical field stimulation was featured on the cover of Toronto Life in the piece titled 25 Ideas That Are Changing the World and CanadaAM in December 2009. Her research interests also include development of injectable biomaterials for cardiac regeneration, microfluidic cell separation and development of in vitro models for cell injection and drug testing. Currently, Dr. Radisic holds research funding from NSERC, CFI, ORF, NIH, CIHR and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She is a Section Editor-Bioengineering for the International Journal of Artificial Organs and a member of Editorial Board of Tissue Engineering. She serves on CIHR BME panel and TERMIS-AM membership committee.  Her research findings were presented in over 100 research papers, reviews and book chapters.