Professor Milica Radisic (IBBME, ChemE) has been named a YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction for 2018. This prestigious recognition honours the outstanding achievements of those who work to improve the lives of women and girls in their community.
Professor Radisic is the Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering and Associate Chair, Research for the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. She has made transformational advances in tissue engineering which have resulted 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. She has also created an injectable tissue patch that could help repair hearts, livers or other organs damaged by disease or injury, as well as the AngioChip, an artificial 3D beating heart tissue. Radisic’s technologies are the basis for two startup companies, both led by women CEOs.