Kibret Mequanint, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2018
For distinguished contributions in biomaterials design and the applications of biopolymers to medicine.

Western Engineering researcher and alumnus honoured with Ontario Professional Engineers Award

Via Western University | May 24, 2022

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) recently announced its 2022 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA) recipients, recognizing industry innovators and business leaders for their excellence and achievement in engineering.

Western Engineering researcher, Kibret Mequanint, a professor in the department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering was awarded the Engineering Medal for Research and Development for developing applications that extend engineering or natural sciences. Alumnus and president of Neegan Burnside Ltd., Cory Jones, P.Eng., BESc’97, earned the Engineering Excellence Medal, recognizing overall excellence in the practice of engineering.

Both recipients will be honoured at the OPEA’s Award Gala on November 18, 2022… Continue reading.

New Western innovation gels engineering with medicine

Via Western University | May 20, 2022

Game-changing ‘bio-glue’ could mean end to surgical sutures, staples

Western biomaterials expert Kibret Mequanint – in partnership with Malcolm Xing from University of Manitoba – has developed the first-ever hydrophobic (water-hating) fluid, which displaces body fluids surrounding an injury allowing for near-instantaneous gelling, sealing and healing of injured tissue.

“Tissue adhesives that can perform in the presence of blood, water and other proteins in the body are the holy grail for instant wound closure and hemostasis, especially when time is critical in rescue operations and emergency responses,” said Mequanint, a Western chemical and biochemical engineering professor… Continue reading.

Patch could give new life to weak heart

Via Western University | September 30, 2021

A new cardiac patch developed by a collaborative team co-led by Western University is just the stuff that could get your blood pumping – literally.

The ultra-flexible cardiac patch, designed by Western Engineering professor Kibret Mequanint and his collaborators at the University of Manitoba, may one day be used to restore function to a damaged heart following a cardiac arrest… Continue reading.

Life-saving snake venom

Via Western University | July 14, 2021

Indiana Jones hates snakes. And he’s certainly not alone. The fear of snakes is so common it even has its own name: ophidiophobia.

Kibret Mequanint doesn’t particularly like the slithery reptiles either (he actually hates them too) but the Western University bioengineer and his international collaborators have found a novel use for snake venom: a body tissue ‘super glue’ that can stop life-threatening bleeding in seconds… Continue reading.

Dr. Kibret Mequanint Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Via AIMBE | April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Kibret Mequanint, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Mequanint was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for distinguished contributions in biomaterials design and the applications of biopolymers to medicine.