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Dr. Heather Sheardown


Faculty of Engineering


Department of Chemical Engineering

biomaterials, tissue engineering, mathematical modeling of physiologic processes, ophthalmic drug delivery.
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Research Clusters:


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 


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


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.  



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

A Radiolabeling Method for Precise Quantification of Polymers.

Bioconjugate Chemistry. American Chemical Society (ACS)

Liu, Lina, Talena Rambarran, 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.

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

Delivery of Cells to the Cornea Using Synthetic Biomaterials.

Cornea. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)

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