Richard L Leask
Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar
Department of Chemical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Bioengineering
Our lab uses engineering principles and analyses to answer basic questions in biology and medicine. The core research is directed at the biomechanics and pathobiology of cardiovascular disease. Pathologic analysis, dynamic cell cultures and biomechanical tissue testing are being used to better understand the development and consequences of cardiovascular diseases. The laboratory is also actively involved in the design and testing of biomedical devices and biomaterials.
The laboratory is also involved in the metabolomics of common xeonobiotics. We are investigating the biodegradation of plasticizers and pharmaceuticals to better understand the potential for toxic biotransfomation. This information is being used to re-engineer plasticizing compounds to avoid toxic metabolites, thus creating "green plasticizers".