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Dr. Kathryn Grandfield (Bernar)

Associate Professor, Associate Chair - Graduate

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Professor

McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Canada Research Chair in Microscopy of Biomaterials and Biointerfaces (Tier 2)

Department of Materials Science and 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 Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University where her research interests include development of biomaterials and correlative multi-scale microscopies for biointerfaces and mineralized tissues. She received her PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden and postdoc from University of California, San Francisco. She is the recipient of a 2017 Petro Canada Young Innovator Award, 2018 Early Research Award from the Ontario Research Fund and 2019 Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award. She is Vice-President of the Microscopical Society of Canada and has served on the board of the Canadian Biomaterials Society and as inaugural Director of User Operations for the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy.


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  • Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2019)
  • Faculty of Engineering Large Section Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll (2019)
  • Early Researcher Award – Ontario Research Fund (2018–2023)
  • Petro Canada – McMaster University Young Innovator Award (2017)
  • Dean’s Teaching Honour Roll, McMaster University (2016, 2017)
  • European Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Doctoral Award, European Society for Biomaterials (2013)