Heather Canavan


Phone: 505-277-8026

Physical Address

Room 2059
Centennial Engineering Center

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Chemical and Biological Engineering


Ph.D. The George Washington University, Physical Chemistry, 2002

M.Ph. The George Washington University, Physical Chemistry, 2000

B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara Biology, 1996


Heather Canavan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from George Washington University in 2002, after which she held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Chemical and Bioengineering Departments at the University of Washington. The focus of her research is the biocompatibility of bioactive polymers, including the plasma polymerization of biomaterials as novel cell culture substrates for biosensor and tissue engineering applications. She publishes in journals such as Langmuir, Plasma Processes and Polymers, and Biomaterials.

Research Interests

  • Stimulus-responsive materials
  • Cell/surface interactions
  • Biomedical Engineering

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