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15 questions with Heather SheardownFebruary 25, 2019

Chemical Engineering professor Heather Sheardown, who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers (AIMBE), answers 15 questions in this rapid-fire interview.

Sheardown took the time to answer 15 questions about her personal and professional life (What was she like in university? What's the most challenging thing about her research? What's her favourite 80s song?).

Heather also holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Ophthalmic Biomaterials and Drug Delivery Systems and is an expert in drug delivery, contact lens materials, IOLs, polymer chemistry and bioengineering in the ophthalmic space. Fellows of the AIMBE are considered to be in the top two per cent of people in the field.

"Being a Fellow means receiving recognition of the work we're doing and the things we've done previously, but also, the group has a fairly significant lobbying initiative that goes on trying to promote science to lawmakers and to the general public," says Heather. "I see that as a huge part of our role as professors. I'm really pleased to take on that as part of my mandate."

Read more about Sheardown's research.