Narain, Prof. Ravin

Ravin Narain, PhD, P.Eng, FRSC is a Full Professor and an established researcher in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has made original and innovative contributions to the design, fabrication, characterization of novel polymers and nanomaterials for a wide range of applications. Dr. Narain’s research examines biomaterials, nanomedicine and regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on developing new biomaterials for drug and gene delivery applications. In particular, he has made significant contributions in the area of glycopolymers and glyco-nanomaterials for a range of applications primarily for biomedical uses. His laboratory mainly focuses on the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer process for the synthesis of well-defined polymers. He has published over 170 articles in peer-reviewed and high impact journals and is the editor of 4 books namely Engineered Carbohydrate-Based Materials for Biomedical Applications (Wiley), Chemistry of Bioconjugates (Wiley), Glycopolymers: Synthesis and Applications (Smithers & Rapra), and Polymers and Nanomaterials for Gene Therapy (Woodhead Publishing & Elsevier Inc.). He is currently on the Advisory Board for Polymer Chemistry (RSC) and is the Editor for two special issues for Polymers (MDPI): Polymers and Nanogels for Gene Therapy; Responsive Polymers for Drug Delivery, Imaging and Theranostic Functions. He currently holds the Distinguished Visiting Scientist Award from CSIRO (Manufacturing), Melbourne, Australia.