Dr. Heather Sheardown

Heather Sheardown is a Professor in Chemical Engineering and the School of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) at McMaster University. She also holds a cross-appointment with the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. She has gained an international reputation for her research on ophthalmic biomaterials, including her innovative work on the development of new materials for artificial cornea and drug delivery applications. Sheardown has published more than 70 papers in top biomaterials journals, five book chapters on artificial cornea and corneal tissue engineering and has several patents pending on various ophthalmic materials. She has worked extensively with major ophthalmic materials companies including Vistakon, CIBA Vision, Coopervision and AMO, and has consulted for Health Canada as an expert witness in the field of biomaterials. She has sat on a number of peer review panels for NSERC, CIHR and the National Science Foundation including chairing the NSERC Bioproducts Strategic Panel in 2006. She has an active and vibrant research group of more than 10 graduate students and post doctoral fellows. Projects in her laboratory involve the development of new polymeric materials and delivery systems for all areas of the eye.