Pushpinder Kanda, MD, PhD
Pushpinder completed his undergraduate and Master’s degree at McMaster University, following which he entered the University of Ottawa’s MD/PhD program. He is an aspiring Ophthalmologist with a keen interest in research. During his Master’s, he worked on developing nano-scale devices to detect bacterial pathogens in various biological samples (e.g. blood) and consumer products (e.g. foods, and water). His PhD Research focused on understanding cardiac-stem cells physiology in order to develop a cell-based therapy to treat damaged hearts. During this time, he developed a novel nanohydrogel biomaterial used to encapsulate human cardiac-stem cells in order to enhance cell engraftment in the heart. His current research interest includes: 1) developing nano-scale diagnostic devices to detect various ocular diseases, 2) diagnostic utility of mfERG and, 3) optimizing therapy for patients with non-infectious uveitis. On his free time he likes to play squash and spend time with his son.