The University of Toronto’s Milica Radisic has been named the 2017 recipient of the Steacie Prize, awarded each year to an engineer or scientist 40 years of age or younger who has made notable contributions to research in Canada.
The prize is administered by the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund, a private foundation dedicated to the advancement of Canadian science and engineering.
As the Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, Radisic of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has made transformational advances in tissue engineering resulting in new methods for growing human tissue in the lab. Radisic was the first in the world to use electrical impulses and specially designed bioreactors to guide isolated heart cells to assemble into a beating structure. These beating heart tissues are already being used to test potential drugs for side-effects.