Dr.Maryam Badv

Assistant Professor University of Calgary

Dr. Badv obtained her PhD and master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from McMaster University and her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Tehran. Her PhD research mainly focused on developing biofunctional lubricant-infused surface coatings for medical implants. The research conducted during her PhD resulted in publishing multiple journal and conference publications and  patents. Based on her academic achievements she was nominated by McMaster’s Dean of Engineering and selected as the Valedictorian for the graduating class of 2019. In addition to her research responsibilities, Dr. Badv cared tremendously about graduate student related maters. During her role as the President of the Engineering Graduate Society (EGS) at McMaster University, she provided undivided attention to crucial matters that impacted the engineering graduate student community. Her work as a student advocate and President of EGS was roundly  acknowledged by the faculty, which also resulted in her earning the Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership And Service to McMaster



Sara H. Tamrin

Postdoctoral Fellow (Co-Supervised with Dr. Zahra Abbasi)

Sara is an Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellow in the Badv Lab, holding a joint postdoctoral position with Dr. Abbasi’s Lab in the Department of Software and Electrical Engineering. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary in July 2023. She also received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomaterials/Biomedical Engineering and her Master’s degree in Tissue Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. Her research interests lie in the interface of nanotechnology and biomedical science, encompassing expertise in nanomedicine, stem cell biology, biological nanoparticles, microfluidics, and targeted nano-delivery systems. When she is not in the lab, she switches gears to sewing and painting for fun. She is also a tea lover and finds joy in the art of tea brewing. 

graduate students

Erin Roberts

Graduate Student (Co-Supervised with Dr. Michael Kallos)

Erin is a PhD student in the Badv Lab researching the use of biomaterials for wound healing and hemostasis applications. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Queens University and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary. In her Master’s degree she researched processes for the large scale expansion of mesenchymal stem cells in bioreactors. She has also worked at a biotechnology company, Syantra, which has developed a blood test for breast cancer.  Outside of the lab she enjoys racquet sports, hiking, mountain biking and waterparks. 

Zahra Bozorgmehr

Graduate Student (Co-Supervised with Dr. Di Martino)

Zahra is a master’s student at the Dr. Di Martino and Dr. Badv Lab, where she is working on collagen assessments for Aneurysms. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch and the Amirkabir University of Technology, respectively, in Iran. During her bachelor’s degree, she worked on the manufacturing of nanocarriers containing angiogenic growth factors after myocardial infarction, and for her master’s degree, she did research on osteoarthritis. She also spent nearly two years conducting research in the cell bank department of the Pasteur Institute of Iran. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, watching movies, reading novels, and working out at the gym.

Fereshteh Oustadi

Graduate Student

Fereshteh is a master’s student in Badv lab. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Material Science from Sahand University and a master’s degree in Biomedical engineering-Tissue engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. In her masters, she worked on a Nanofiber/Hydrogel composite scaffold as a drug delivery system for tissue regeneration. She has continued to work on hydrogel wound dressings during her research career at The New Technologies research center in Iran. Her most-like research topic is electrospun nanofibers, hydrogels, and drug delivery systems for regenerative medicine applications.  As for her hobbies, she enjoys learning new languages, tasting and cooking new foods, reading books, and playing board games. 

Emma Stephens

Graduate Student

Emma is a master’s student at the BadvLab.  Outside of the lab, Emma is a pitcher and first baseman for the University of Calgary Dinos fastball team, where she has competed and medaled in three national championships. Her passion for the sport has led to start giving back to the fastball community through coaching, taking on an assistant coach role with The Calgary Amateur Fastball Association. She is an avid coffee lover and enjoys hiking in her spare time.

Hunter Marcelo

Graduate Student (co-supervised with Dr. Philip Egberts)

Hunter is a master’s student in the Nanotribology Lab and the Badv Lab, where he is using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and other methods to research and characterize the properties of lubricant-infused surfaces for medical materials. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary in April 2023. During that time, he pursued his interests in nanomaterials, tissue engineering, and surface modifications through a project with the ENOVA Design Team, and also investigated algal cell growth methods for medicine production with his capstone project. Outside of his academic pursuits, Hunter enjoys heading to the mountains, and he actively participates in Calgary’s music scene as a singer and songwriter and teaches music part-time at the University of Calgary

Adam Junck

Graduate Student (co-supervised with Dr. Zahra Abbasi)

Adam is a master’s student in the Badv Lab and the Calgary Sensor Lab. Co–supervised by Dr. Abbasi, Adam will be exploring applications of electromagnetic sensing in biomaterials research. He completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2023 at the University of Calgary, with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. His first exposure to applied electromagnetic research was during his capstone project where, under Dr. Abbasi’s direction, his team evaluated microwave sensing methods for measuring blood perfusion on the plantar surface. Aside from his academics, he enjoys spending time with his cat, Smudge, and hiking or skiing in the mountains. He is also an active member of the Calgary volleyball community as an official and referee development coordinator.


Shine David Daniel

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shine is a driven undergraduate student at the University of Calgary, pursuing a major in biomedical engineering with a minor in digital engineering. Passionate about the intersection of cutting-edge technology and healthcare, her primary areas of interest lie within tissue engineering and bioelectronics. Beyond academics, she embraces a well-rounded lifestyle by exploring vibrant brunch spots with friends, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, travelling with family, journaling, and reading books.



Emma Stephens – Undergraduate student – 2021-2022
Milcah Angela Uy– Undergraduate student – 2021-2022
Aman Singh – MITACS undergraduate student – summer 2023
Marine Dye – 
MITACS undergraduate student – summer 2023

Firaoll Umar – Undergraduate Thesis Student – 2021-2022
Aarushi Bhargava – High School Student-2021-2022
Maria Isabel Arias AcevedoMITACS undergraduate student – summer 2023
Shannon Gomes-Hunt – Undergraduate student – summer 2023 

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Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4


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