Maud Gorbet is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo (UW) in Canada and is cross-appointed with the School of Optometry and Vision Science. She is also a consultant with the Centre for Contact Lens Research. A bio-engineer in training, her PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Toronto (Canada) investigated the mechanisms of material-induced thrombosis in vitro. As a Senior Biomaterial Scientist at Rimon Therapeutics Ltd, Toronto, she worked on the biological efficacy and safety of Rimon Therapeutics’ wound healing biomaterials. Her strong research interests in understanding the mechanisms involved in material’s biocompatibility led her to join the faculty of engineering at Waterloo in 2007. Her research focuses on understanding cell interactions and inflammatory response with cardiovascular and ophthalmic materials using both in vitro and ex vivo models. Her research program involves the development of better in vitro models and tools to assess biocompatibility and the study of cellular mechanisms involved in biocompatibility. Over the past 10 years, she has collaborated with start-up companies, ophthalmic industries, clinicians, scientists and engineers both nationally and internationally. As an academic, she also recently spearheaded the creation of the new biomedical engineering undergraduate program at UW and was appointed as the Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program in September 2014.