Richard L Leask

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar 
Department of Chemical Engineering

Associate Member
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Bioengineering

Richard L Leask
Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-4270
Fax number: 
514-398-6678
Address: 

3610 University St.
Montreal QC H3A 2B2

Email address: 
richard.leask [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Chemical Engineering
Areas of expertise: 

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".

Research areas: 
Biomedical Sensors
Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Biomedical Modelling
Area(s): 
Biomechanics
Green Chemistry
Atherosclerosis
Aneurysms
Biomedical Devices
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