Graduate Research Assistant
NSERC Graduate Research Fellow
Co-Advised by Robert E. Guldberg, PhD
Project Title:
“Stem cell morphogen delivery via glycosaminoglycan engineered biomaterials”


Marian graduated from the University of Calgary in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization. During her undergraduate career, she worked at the Pharmaceutical Production Research Facility (PPRF) under the supervision of Dr. Arin Sen, conducting research on human mesenchymal stem cells. She completed her 4th year thesis project at the PPRF on the production of neural cells from muscle-derived stem cells. She also completed a 12-month internship in the oil and gas industry, working for Syncrude Canada Ltd. and investigating asphaltenes generated from Athabasca bitumen. She began her PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology in August 2011, and is co-advised by Dr. Todd McDevitt and Dr. Robert Guldberg. She will be investigating the use of biomaterial microparticles and embryonic stem cells for bone and muscle regeneration therapies.


BSc. Chemical Engineering with Biomedical Specialization
University of Calgary


NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship (2011-2016)

Recent Publications:

Hettiaratchi MH, Miller T, Temenoff JS, Guldberg RE, McDevitt TC. Heparin microparticle effects on presentation and bioactivity of bone morphogenetic protein-2. Biomaterials. 2014;.