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Dr. Fabio Variola received his B.Eng. and M. A. Sc. in Materials Engineering from the University of Trieste in 2004. In 2009, he completed a joint doctoral program in Materials Science at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-ÉMT) and Université de Montréal. He then carried out postdoctoral training at the Laboratory for the Study of Calcified Tissues and Biomaterials. In July 2010, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa as Assistant Professor. 

Dr. Variola's research interests emcompass biomaterials and surface science, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, IR and Raman spectroscopy  and biophysics. 

Check my profile here: Emerging Investigators 2016: novel design strategies for new functional materials (Journal of Materials Chemistry)


Ph.D. in Materials Science (INRS-ÉMT/Université de Montréal, Canada)
Master's in Materials Engineering (University of Trieste, Italy)
Bachelor's in Materials Engineering (University of Trieste, Italy)

Academic Experience

May 2016 - present                           Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa (Canada)

July 2010 - April 2016                        Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa (Canada)
January 2010 - June 2010                  Post-doctoral Fellow at Université de Montréal (Canada)
July 2005 - September 2005             Visiting Scientist at RIKEN (Japan) 
September 2003 - April 2004           Visiting Student at the Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan)

Academic Honours

2013 - NSERC Early Career Researcher Supplement  Award 
2007 - FQRNT Bourse d'Excellence pour Étudiants Étrangers
2006 - CBIE Government of Canada Award 
2005 -  JISTEC REES Award (Japan)

CFI Infrastructure Operating Fund

NSERC Discovery grant

Health Canada’s Chemical Management Plan - Nanomaterials

NSERC Engage grant

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments

CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund

MEDI Leaders Opportunity Matching Fund



Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Ingénieur)

Materials Research Society

Canadian Biomaterials Society

Biomedical Engineering Society

Chemical Institute of Canada


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