Mohsen Akbari, PhD

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, Canada

Professor Mohsen Akbari received his BSc (2002) and MSc (2005) from Sharif University of Technology  (Iran). After moving to Canada, he received a Ph.D. (2011) in Applied Sciences from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia). He also conducted research from 2012-2015 as a postdoctoral fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, USA), Harvard Medical School, and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. 

Dr. Mohsen Akbari is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is also affiliated with Center for Biomedical Research (CBR) and Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC) at University of Victoria. His research lies at the interface of cellular biology, biomaterials, and microtechnologies with a focus on the biofabrication of engineered tissue substitutes for regenerative medicine, development of biomimetic tissue models using microengineering techniques for disease modeling and drug discovery, and development of advanced drug delivery systems for therapeutic applications.

Dr. Akbari has 35 peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals including Science Translational Medicine, Nature Microtechnologies and Nanoengineering, Biotechnology Advances, Advanced Materials, Lab-on-Chip, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Small, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, three book chapters, two patent applications and more than 25 conference presentations in prestigious conferences such as µTAS, World Biomaterials Congress, and IMECE, and ASME.  Dr. Akbari is the recipient of several institutional, national, and international awards such as the British Columbia Innovation Award, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship, and Kaiser Foundation Award. Recently, he has been recognized as a rising Canadian star in global health.