Caitlin Maikawa (ChemE 1T6) recently joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor.
After studying at U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Maikawa went on to complete her PhD at Stanford University under the supervision of Professor Eric Appel. During this time, she tackled obstacles in diabetes management, with a specific emphasis on advancing the development of cutting-edge insulin medications that could pave the way for self-sufficient insulin delivery and enhance medication availability in underserved regions with limited resources.
Maikawa continued her work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with Professors Jeffrey Karp and Yuhan Lee, using biological materials to develop sensors that can be used to track long-term inflammation in the body. Her aim is to provide patients with simple, user-friendly tools that they can use at home to monitor changes in their disease condition.