Hamideh Emrani

Hamideh is a scientific communicator and the founder of Emrani Communications, serving clients in Toronto (University of Toronto) and California (Stanford University). She earned her B.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley and finished her M.Sc. at the University of Toronto (U of T). She was an intern at the Carnegie Institute at Stanford University, honours research student at UC Berkeley and has won awards for best podium and best poster presentations at the Faculty of Dentistry and IBBME at U of T. She is passionate about science and loves to talk and write about it. You can follow Hamideh on Twitter at @HamidehEmrani.

Posts by: Hamideh


A credit card sized lab

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 12/29/16

Professor Aaron Wheeler earned his PhD from Stanford University and, after a two-year postdoc fellowship at UCLA, joined the faculty of Chemistry at the University of Toronto. He has won numerous awards and honours for his work in the field of microfluidics and is the associate editor of Lab on a Chip. Wheeler’s lab develops…Read more

Lobbying for deregulation of stem cell procedures is giving rise to a new “dark economy”

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/31/16

Day 3 of the Till & McCulloch Meetings continued with many interesting talks. The one that I have chosen to write about in more detail Dr. Douglas Sipp’s, titled “The Stem Cell Dark Economy.” I think his talk was really thought provoking, and important to be shared with our readers. He began with an old…Read more

A peek into a septic shock clinical trial and a patient’s message of hope (TMM2016-Day2)

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/27/16

The second day of the Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM) kicked off with a great talk by Dr. Masayo Takahashi of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, on the generation of retinal progeny and photoreceptors from iPSCs and ESCs. However, for today, I would like to focus on two different talks. I am sure further…Read more

Stem cell regulatory networks, dynamics and ways to engineer them (Day 1, TMM2016)

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 10/25/16

This year’s Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM2016) began with a diverse set of topics organized into three different plenary sessions. The first session, on regulatory networks in stem cells, began with Sara-Jane Dunn from Microsoft Research who introduced us to “The Reasoning Engine for Interaction Networks, RE:IN,” a computational tool that can synthesize and analyze…Read more

Biomaterials and the “ouch” factor in Olympics and sports

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 09/07/16

Other than multiple heat waves, this summer has been all about sports and the excitement of different tournaments. The Europe 2016 soccer league, the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and last but not least on my list is my sons’ soccer endeavors. I am a fan of soccer and as the mother of two young soccer…Read more

The enabling technology of polymer design

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 02/10/16

Another in the series: “What drives research in the field of biomaterials?” “What makes Canada cool?” asks Dan Taekema of The Toronto Star, and among the handful of influential figures that he writes about is the “rock star” researcher, Professor Molly Shoichet. I was ecstatic to read this post right around the time I was…Read more

An interview with bioengineering pioneer Kevin Healy

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 01/05/16

In the fourth in her series on “What drives research in the field of biomaterials?” blogger Hamideh Emrani interviews Professor Kevin E. Healy at the University of California, Berkeley. You can catch up on Hamideh’s earlier interviews here. I met Professor Kevin Healy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Jan Fandrianto Distinguished…Read more

Right Turn: The art of scientific communication

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 11/20/15

I’ve been blogging about some of the talks that I heard at the recent Till & McCulloch Meetings (TMM) in Toronto, Canada. Maybe you’ve read them (featuring speakers Molly Shoichet and Milica Radisic)? For this blog, I want to take a different focus. TMM is diverse and caters to delegates interested in talks and debates…Read more

A hydrogel for the injured brain and eye

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 11/09/15

Continuing with the theme of interesting biomaterials-related talks at the recent Till & McCulloch Meetings in Toronto, Canada, was the one delivered by Professor Molly Shoichet from the University of Toronto. Her group focuses on designing polymer scaffolds to deliver drugs and cells as part of regenerative medicine strategies for the repair and restoration of…Read more

Mending a hole in the heart

Author: Hamideh Emrani, 11/04/15

Among many interesting talks at this year’s Till and McCulloch Meetings in Toronto, Canada, there were a couple related to biomaterials, which I’d like to focus on. In the first talk, professor Milica Radisic, University of Toronto, talked about two recent developments in her lab. Her research focus is on designing biomaterials that can be…Read more