Centennial Engineering Center
MSC 01 1141
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D. The George Washington University, Physical Chemistry, 2002
M.Ph. The George Washington University, Physical Chemistry, 2000
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara Biology, 1996
Prof. Heather Canavan is a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She earned her Doctorate and MPhil from The George Washington University in Physical Chemistry, with a minor in Forensic Chemistry. She earned her Bachelors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Biology. She has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory, and did her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research focuses on cell/surface interactions, bioactive polymers and biocompatibility, and the design of adaptive tools and devices for enhanced mobility. She is also extremely active in engineering and scientific education. Her funding is primarily from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
- 2019 Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering* and Department of Chemistry • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- 2014-2016: Director, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- 2014: Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UNM • established
- 2012: Visiting Associate Professor, Industrial Research Institute Swinburne (IRIS) • Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
- 2011 - Present: Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering* and Department of Chemistry • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- 2005 - 2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering and Department of Chemistry • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
- 2002 - 05: Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Chemical & Bioengineering, National ESCA & Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO) • University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
- 2000-2002: Chemist, Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
- 1994 - 97: Chemist, Chemistry Science and Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.
- 1991-94: Staff Research Assistant, Chemistry Science and Technology Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.
* July 1, 2014 • Chemical and Nuclear Engineering became 2 separate departments - Chemical & Biological Engineering and Nuclear Engineering
Awards and Honors:
- 2018 • Pilot Award, UNM’s Clinical & Translational Sciences Center
- 2009 • UNM School of Engineering Harrison Faculty Excellence Award
- 2008 • Apple Polisher Award, recognition from Chi Omega sorority members for outstanding contribution to higher
- 2006 • Untenured Faculty Award, 3M Corporation
- Cooperstein, M.A.; Nguyen, P.A.H.; Canavan, H.E., “Poly(N-Isopropyl Acrylamide)-Coated Surfaces: Investigation of the Mechanism of Cell Detachment,” invited manuscript for an In Focus issue of Biointerphases, 12 (2), 02C401 (2017). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.4979920.
- Wilde, K.N.; Nguyen, P.H.; Whitten, D.; Canavan, H.E. “Skin Irritation Testing of Antimicrobial Conjugated Electrolytes,” invited manuscript for an In Focus issue of Biointerphases, 12 (2) 02C403 (2017). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.4979918.
- Wilde, K.N.; Whitten, D.; Canavan, H.E. “In Vitro Cytotoxicity Testing of Antimicrobial Conjugated Electrolytes: Interactions with Mammalian Cells,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 5 (19), 9305-9311 (2013).
- Cooperstein, M.A.; Canavan, H.E., “Comprehensive Study of Cytotoxicity of Poly(N-isopropyl Acrylamide) and Poly(N-isopropyl Acrylamide)-coated Surfaces,” Biointerphases, 8 (19), 1-12 (2013).
- Canavan, H.E.; Weisburd, S.; Dirk, E.H.L.; Stanton, M.; Petsev, D.; Fulghum, J.E.; Hollar, K.; López, G.P.; “A Laterally and Vertically Integrated Outreach Program to Increase Participation in Biomaterials-related Engineering,” Journal of Materials Education, 34 (1-2) 45-58 (2012).
- “Error-Reducing Sample Collection System and Apparatus,” with Simms-Small, W.; Nguyen, P.A.H.; Canavan, H.E., preliminary patent submitted by UNM STC, June 1, 2017.
- “Bubblyte GI Imaging Preparatory Agent,” with Simms-Small, W.; Nguyen, P.A.H.; Canavan, H.E., preliminary patent submitted by UNM STC, September 11, 2017.
- BME 598: Adaptive Biomedical Design
- BME 572: Biomaterials Engineering
- BME 547: Biomedical Engineering Research Practices
- BME 515: Engineering for Global Health
- CBE 451: Senior Seminar
- CBE 499/BIOL 402: Making a MARC in Biomedical Research
- Adaptive biomedical designs
- Bioactive Polymers
- Biomedical Engineering
- Cell/surface interactions
- Stimulus-responsive materials
- Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program
- Center for Biomedical Engineering
- Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering Graduate Program
- NIH MARC: Maximizing Access to Research Careers
- NSF S-STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarship Program
- NSF STEP: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program