What do diabetes and malaria have in common? A lecture by Dr. Marta Cerruti, McGill University

Dr. Marta Cerruti, associate professor in materials engineering at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Bio-Synthetic Interfaces, will deliver a lecture on "What do diabetes and malaria have in common?" on Thursday, February 14, 11:45 am.

Dr. Cerruti studies how biominerals are formed in our bodies, ranging from physiological mineralization of bones and teeth to pathological mineralization of blood vessels and heart valves. In diabetic patients, for example, calcium phosphate minerals form in the walls of their arteries, hardening their blood vessels and significantly increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. One of the aims of her work is the development of materials for drug delivery and dental applications.

In her lecture, Dr. Cerruti will explain how biomineral formation and Plasmodium - the parasite that causes malaria - are related and talk about how scientists and engineers can contribute to one of today’s grand challenges: improving health in communities all over the world.

All are welcome to attend!

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Tupper Theatre D

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Free

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About Dr. Marta Cerruti

Marta Cerruti is associate professor in materials engineering at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Bio-Synthetic Interfaces. She was a PhD student at the University of Torino and University of Florida, followed by a post-doc at North Carolina State University and UC Berkeley.

With her group at the biointerface lab at McGill University, Dr. Cerruti strives to understand and control surface phenomena, especially at the interface between synthetic materials and biological molecules. The group focuses particularly on biomineralization and one of its goals is to develop "surface interactive scaffolds" for soft and hard tissue regeneration, with a functional surface designed to induce or inhibit mineralization, depending on the desired application, and a specific cellular response. This surface-centered approach leads to the development of materials for drug delivery, dental applications, and (non-bio-related) energy and the environment. Many of Dr. Cerruti’s projects are performed in collaboration with industry, such as General Motors, 3DRPD, and Walter Surface Technologies.

Dr. Cerruti has published more than 80 papers in leading chemistry and materials journals and received many awards, including being selected as one of the top 50 young scientists to attend the World Economic Forum in 2017 and 2018.