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Professional Accomplishments

Fellow Royal Society of Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry (2018 - )

Distinguished Visiting Scientist

CSIRO Manufacturing, Melbourne, Australia (2017-2019)

Full Professor

Nano and Regenerative Medicine, Biomaterials, Carbohydrate Science, Nanotechnology, Polymer Science and Engineering (2015 - Now)
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Associate Professor

Nano and Regenerative Medicine (2009-2015)
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Associate Investigator

Alberta Glycomics Centre (2010-2013)
University of Alberta

Associate Professor

Polymer Science and Engineering, Biomaterials and Glyconanotechnology (2007-2009)
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Laurentian University
Sudbury, ON, Canada


Education and Training

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA (2003-2004)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of Chemistry, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (2001-2003)


Polymer Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Mauritius, Mauritius (1997-2001)



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 is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia. He has made original and innovative contributions to the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel polymers, hydrogels and nanomaterials for a wide range of applications. Dr. Narain’s research mainly focus on 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 focuses essentially on the controlled radical polymerization process for the synthesis of well-defined polymers. He has published over 170 articles and is the editor of 5 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 three special issues for Polymers (MDPI): Polymers and Nanogels for Gene Therapy; Responsive Polymers for Drug Delivery, Imaging and Theranostic Functions; Advanced Polymers for Engineering Applications. He has also been appointed as the section editor for the second edition of Comprehensive Glycoscience (Elsevier) and editor for a new book, Polymer Science and Nanotechnology (Elsevier).

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