Dr. Heather Sheardown – Faculty of Engineering
Heather Sheardown

Dr. Heather Sheardown


Biomaterials, tissue engineering, mathematical modeling of physiologic processes and ophthalmic drug delivery.

Current status

  • Accepting graduate students

  • Dean

    Faculty of Engineering

  • Professor

    Chemical Engineering


Active Research Initiatives

C20/20 – ORF

Past Research Initiatives

20/20 Network

Research Interests 

1) Drug delivery – Anterior Eye
2) Drug delivery – Posterior Eye
3) Contact Lens
4) IOLs
5) In Vivo Ocular Testing

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Dr. Sheardown holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Ophthalmic Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Systems. She is an expert in drug delivery, contact lens materials, IOLs, polymer chemistry, and bioengineering in the ophthalmic space.

  • B.Eng. McMaster University (1989)
  • Ph.D. University of Toronto (1995)


Thermo-Sensitivity and Erosion of Chitosan Crosslinked Poly[N-Isopropylacrylamide-Co-(Acrylic Acid)-Co-(Methyl Methacrylate)] Hydrogels for Application to the Inferior Fornix.

Elsevier BV

Ross, Mitchell, Emily Anne Hicks, Talena Rambarran, and Heather Sheardown

A Radiolabeling Method for Precise Quantification of Polymers.

Bioconjugate Chemistry. American Chemical Society (ACS)

Liu, Lina, Talena Rambarran, Ben Muirhead, Frances Lasowski, and Heather Sheardown

Phenylboronic Acid Modified Hydrogel Materials and Their Potential for Use in Contact Lens Based Drug Delivery.

Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition

Liu, Lina, Talena Rambarran, and Heather Sheardown

Delivery of Cells to the Cornea Using Synthetic Biomaterials.

Cornea. OVID Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)

Ross, Mitchell, Nicole Amaral, Aftab Taiyab, and Heather Sheardown

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