Dr. Santerre is an engineer who obtained his PhD from McMaster University in the area biomaterials design for blood contacting systems. He was the lead material’s engineer on the artificial heart program at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute prior to coming to the University of Toronto. He was the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Dentistry from 2003 to 2008, and Director of the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) from 2008-2013. He is the current co-director of the Health Innovation Hub, a U of Toronto based accelerator overseeing the support of >90 entrepreneur start-up companies in health care areas of devices, services AI/IT, and interventions.
His research program is focused on investigating the relationship between polymers and bio-degradation processes in the body in order to advance the design of new materials for tissue engineering, implants and medical devices.