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Dr. Kathryn Grandfield

Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Professor

McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

biomaterials; osseointegration; electron microscopy; mineralized tissues; electron tomography; atom probe tomography
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The Grandfield Research Group focuses on the development and multi-length scale characterization of biomaterials for bone interfacing applications in orthopedics and dentistry. Our research is pioneering the investigation of bone-implant interfaces and mineralized tissues with multi-dimensional (3D and 4D) and high-resolution microscopies, such as electron and atom probe tomography. The insights made through this work are contributing to the design of novel materials for improved implant success, and improved understanding of healthy and pathological bone. Other research themes in our group include the development and surface modification of bone scaffolds and implants, including 3D-printing and laser-modification.


B.Eng., M.A.Sc. McMaster, Ph.D. Uppsala University


Dr. Kathryn Grandfield is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University, where she leads the Grandfield Research Group. She is two-time Dean’s Honour Role instructor for both undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Dr. Grandfield is presently second Vice-President of the Microscopical Society of Canada, board member for the Canadian Biomaterials Society, and Director of User Operations for the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy.    


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·      Petro Canada – McMaster University Young Innovator Award (2017)

·      Dean’s Teaching Honour Role, McMaster University (2016, 2017)

·      European Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Doctoral Award, European Society for Biomaterials (2013)