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



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. 

Sorosh Abdollahi, MSc.

Graduate Student

Sorosh is a PhD student with a background in Materials science, graduated with a master’s and bachelor’s from the Iran University of Science & Technology. His research topic is mainly on the engineering of hydrophobic interfaces. He is also interested in tissue engineering and regenerative medicines, porous materials and media, glass and glass-ceramics, and materials characterization. In his leisure time, he would like to watch movies, spend time with his friends, or study Persian literature

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

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emma is in her final year of her mechanical engineering undergraduate degree here at the University of Calgary. After finishing her undergraduate, she plans on continuing her education in  the biomedical engineering field. 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. 

Firaoll Umar

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Firaoll is in his final year of Chemical Engineering, with a double minor in Biomedical Engineering and Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development. He recently completed a 16-month internship as a Liquids Data and Analytics Engineer with TC Energy’s Liquids Data Analytics and Innovation Team. Among his contributions to the school community  are past Vice President Finance of the Chemical Engineering Students’ Society, Director of Development of the Fuse Collective (University of Calgary Chapter), and a mentor to first-year engineering students. Firaoll’s research interest is in regenerative medicine (i.e., tissue engineering ) and pharmaceutical innovation. He spends his free time with family & friends,  at the gym, playing soccer  and/or listening to Lex Friedman Podcast. 


Milcah Angela Uy

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Angela is a third-year Chemical Engineering student with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Angela’s research interest topics are regenerative medicine and drug delivery methods. Angela hopes to continue her career in biomedical engineering in the pharmaceutical industry after graduation. During her free time, you will find her volunteering , reading, or catching up on Netflix shows. 


Aarushi Bhargava

High School Research Assistant

Aarushi is currently entering her final year in highschool. She is passionate about the environment and biology and loves to spend time learning about genetic engineering. When she’s not in the lab she loves baking, paddle boarding and doing graphic design!

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Department of Biomedical Engineering

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4


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