Stream: Health, Public Health
Dr. Katherine Elvira holds the Canada Research Chair in New Materials and Techniques for Health Applications and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She obtained her PhD from Imperial College London in 2012, and was then a Senior Scientist at ETH Zürich, where she worked on a variety of basic and applied research in microfluidic platforms for applications such as single cell analysis, surfactant kinetics and organic synthesis on a chip. Research in the Elvira group focuses on the formation artificial cells on a chip to analyze and quantify molecular transport. Microfluidic devices are an exciting technology for the creation of artificial cells since they allow complete control over each component of the system. The Elvira group aims to develop a combined microfluidic perfusion and metabolism model to aid in the identification of novel bioactive compounds and in the prediction of drug disposition. Moreover, Katherine has a strong interest in commercialization and industrial collaborations and is continually pursuing wider applications of her work for healthcare and drug discovery.