Marian Hettiaratchi

Department: Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Program: BioEngineering

Advisor: Robert Guldberg, PhD & Todd McDevitt, PhD

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Research Summary:

She began her PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2011 and is co-advised by Dr. Todd McDevitt and Dr. Robert Guldberg. She will be investigating the use of biomaterial microparticles and embryonic stem cells for bone and muscle regeneration therapies.


Marian graduated from the University of Calgary in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization. During her undergraduate career, she worked at the Pharmaceutical Production Research Facility (PPRF) under the supervision of Dr. Arin Sen, conducting research on human mesenchymal stem cells. She completed her 4th year thesis project at the PPRF on the production of neural cells from muscle-derived stem cells. She also completed a 12-month internship in the oil and gas industry, working for Syncrude Canada Ltd. and investigating asphaltenes generated from Athabasca bitumen.

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