Amyl Ghanem

Associate Professor, Department of Process Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Biomedical Engineering

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Amyl Ghanem, PhD
Phone: 902-494-3225
Fax: 902-420-7639


Exciting advances in biomedical engineering have saved and improved the lives of people in Canada and around the world.  We are currently on the threshold of dramatic medical advancements where in situ tissue repair and regeneration is a realistic goal.  The achievement of this goal is dependent on the availability of appropriate biomaterials, techniques for assessing biomaterial activity, and methods of processing these materials.

Our Group

My laboratory works on a number of projects investigating the use of the biological polymer chitosan, as a tissue-regenerating matrix.


Development of chitosan-based biomaterials.
Pharmacokinetics of polymeric drug delivery agents.
Fast-curing biodegradable bone glues.

Selected Publications

Antony Francis, Amyl Ghanem (2017). Novel methodology for assessing bone adhesion strength in vitro. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 77: 96-101.
Giovana Bonat Celli, Marianne Su-Ling Brooks, Amyl Ghanem (2016) Development and evaluation of a novel alginate-based in situ gelling system to modulate the release of anthocyanins Food Hydrocolloids. 60:500-508.
Alison Butko, Giovana Celli Allan Paulson, Amyl Ghanem (2016) Entrapment of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF) in a Succinylated Chitosan Nanoparticle Delivery System and Release Profile Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition. 27(10):1045-1057.
Rabie Khattab, Marianne Su-Ling Brooks, and Amyl Ghanem  (2015) “Phenolic Analyses of Haskap Berries (Lonicera caerulea L.): Spectrophotometry versus High Performance Liquid Chromatography.” International Journal of Food Properties. Online Sept 11, 2015
Rojin Dibazar, Giovanna Bonat Celli, Marianne Su-Ling Brooks and Amyl Ghanem (2015) “Optimization of ultrasound-assisted extraction of anthocyanins from lowbush blueberries (vaccinium angustifolium aiton).” Journal of Berry Research 5(3)173-181
Mehdi Kazemzadeh-Narbat, Nasim Annabi, Ali Tamayol, Rahmi Oklu, Amyl Ghanem, Ali Khademhosseini (2015) “Adenosine-associated delivery systems.” Journal of Drug Targeting, 23(7-8):580-596.
Mehdi Kazemzadeh-Narbat, Marla Reid, Marianne Su-Ling Brooks, and Amyl Ghanem (2015) “Chitosan nanoparticles as adenosine carriers,” Journal of Microencapsulation. 32(5) 460-466.
Domaratzki, R and Ghanem, A. (2013) “Development of crosslinked chitosan nanoparticles for cladribine drug delivery” Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 128: 2173–2179