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Prof. Richard L Leask
Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar
Department of Chemical Engineering
McGill University
3610 University St. Montreal QC H3A 2B2
(514) 398 4270

Vascular Mechanics | Cell Response | Devices |Biodegradation

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".


Iron Man Hawaii 2013, Scott Cooper qualifies and places 144 in a time of 9hr20min6s!

Heart and Stroke Quebec, Royal Bank Research Prize, Oct 2013, R. Leask

2nd place in the 2013 AATS Resident Poster Competition, Jenn Chung

Heart and Stroke Quebec Jonathan Ballon Research Prize, Nov 2012, R. Leask

McGill Chemical Engineering Research Day, MEng Award, Cooper S, Nov 2012

62nd CSChE Conference (October 2012), Vancouver, BC, 1st Prize Robert G. Auld Student Competition, Coates J., El Naq, Leask R.L.

3th CSChE Ontario-Quebec Biotechnology Meeting, (May, 2011), Kingston, 2nd place PhD oral,Storms Z. Maric M.,Cooper DG, Leask RL.

3th CSChE Ontario-Quebec Biotechnology Meeting, (May, 2011), Kingston, Ontario Poster Presentation 1st Prize. Dick, M., Emmott, A., Jonak, P., and Leask, R.L.

Canadian Biomaterials Society Conference, Quebec City, May 2009, Oral Presentation Award, Rouleau L, Rossi J, Mongrain R, Leask RL.

Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport Teaching Chair, Dr. Leask 2009-2014

.ASME 2009 Summer Bioengineering Conference. Student Research Prize 2009, Meadley, S.L., Tremblay, D., Tripathy, U., Wiseman, P.W., Leask, R.L.


Department of Chemical Engineering, McGIll University | Montreal Heart Institute