Brian Amsden

Brian Armsden
PhD, PEng


  • Co-director, Human Mobility Research Centre
  • Director CONNECT! NSERC CREATE Program in Soft Connective Tissue Engineering/Therapy
  • Director Collaborative Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering, Queen's University 


Polymer biomaterials, protein drug delivery, soft connective tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, controlled release


Brian Amsden obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering in the area of therapeutic protein delivery from hydrogels and polymer microspheres. Following his PhD, he worked for Angiotech Pharmaceuticals in Vancouver as a Research Associate, leading projects involving the formulation of paclitaxel for localized delivery. He left Angiotech to join the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta in 1997, and moved to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in 2000. 

Education and honours

  • Ph.D. Queen's University 1996
  • M.A.Sc University of Toronto 1992
  • B.A.Sc. University of Waterloo 1988
  • Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering 2016
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence Mind to Market Award 2006 
  • Queen’s University Chancellor’s Research Award, 2005
  • Premier’s Research Excellence Award, 2003.


Dr. Amsden’s multidisciplinary work focuses on the creation of effective biodegradable and biocompatible polymers for biomedical applications. Applications include injectable delivery systems for drug delivery and tissue replacements such as ligaments and articular cartilage to treat joint injuries. 

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