VIDEO: Meet Laura Wells Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering

Posted on March 12, 2018


Laura Wells is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering here at Queen's. She and her research group are developing advanced biomaterials that can help treat blindness.

Learn more about Dr Wells here.

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Hello, I'm Laura Wells.

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I'm an assistant professor in Chemical Engineering

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at Queen's University in Canada.

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My lab engineers advanced polymer

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materials as treatments for patients

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suffering from vision loss and blindness.

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Imagine a world that is blurry or dark.

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For over 36 million people worldwide,

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this is their reality.

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While treatments are beginning to improve

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patient outcomes, many are invasive, or are

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temporary solutions that do not work

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over the long term.

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My lab develops smart materials for depot

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drug delivery devices, so drugs can be

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delivered and the rates adjusted on demand

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for hard to reach areas of the eye.

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My lab also deciphers how cells interact

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with materials after they are implanted

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and uses this information to improve

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artificial lenses.

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This is extremely important for pediatric

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patients where they often fail.

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Ultimately, my lab is inspired by patients

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and improving patient outcomes

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and we will do this through

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the advancement of new material technologies.