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Dr. Stephen Waldman

Stephen Waldman
Associate Dean (Research and External Partnerships), Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Sciences
BASc, MScE, PhD, PEng
416-979-5000 ext. 554200

Areas of Academic Interest

Cartilage tissue engineering




Year University Degree
1999 Dalhousie University
1994 Queen's University
1992 University of Waterloo

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
CHE 307 Chemical Engineering Materials
BME 703 Tissue Engineering
BE8001 Foundations of Biomedical Engineering


As a member of iBest (external link) , Stephen Waldman is part of a community of biomedical researchers working together to solve some of today’s most pressing health care problems. For Waldman, cartilage damage is one such problem. The connective tissue does not repair easily on its own or through surgery, so he and his team members are engineering new cartilage instead. It’s remarkable research intended to bring relief to patients in need of joint resurfacing, as well as spine, ear and tracheal repair.

As accomplished as Waldman is in the lab, he is just as dedicated to his students. “I try to provide a training environment specific to each student’s goals,” he says. “From their academic and industry pursuits, to medical school admission.”

He’s also committed to ensuring they’re well-rounded enough to think through problems from every angle. In his tissue engineering course, for example, Waldman’s students tackle issues around ethics and stem cell therapy, often changing their positions over the course of the semester. “Not everything is about right and wrong—it’s context specific,” he explains. “Identifying and exploring the issues is how we build a more socially-minded engineer.”

Stephen Waldman

"At TMU, we're cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs and professionals who aren't afraid of taking risks or trying new things.”

  • Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR)

  • Canada Research Chair, Tier II (2004-2013)

  • Tarantino, R., Chiu, L. L., Weber, J. F., Yat Tse, M., Bardana, D. D., Pang, S. C., & Waldman, S. D. (2021). Effect of nutrient metabolism on cartilaginous tissue formation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 118(10), 4119–4128. 
  • Li M, Joung D, Hughes B, Waldman SD, Kozinski JA, Hwang DK (2016), Wrinkling non-spherical particles and its application in cell attachment promotion, Scientific Reports 6:30463.
  • Hayami JWS, Waldman SD, Amsden BG (2016), Chondrocyte generation of cartilage-like tissue following photoencapsulation in methacrylated polysaccharide solution blends, Macromolecular Bioscience 16(7):1083-1095
  • Weber JF, Waldman SD (2016), Stochastic resonance is a method to improve the biosynthetic response of chondrocytes to mechanical stimulation, Journal of Orthopaedic Research 34(2):231-239.
  • Li M1, Hakimi N, Perez R, Waldman S, Kozinski JA, Hwang DK (2015), Microarchitecture for a three-dimensional wrinkled surface platform, Advanced Materials 27(11):1880-1886