Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories and Dept of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Biochemical and biomedical engineering, CHO, hematopoietic cells
In collaboration with stem cell and immune cell biologists (Drs. Kieffer and Levings), the Piret lab is investigating how to more efficiently optimize therapeutic cell bioprocesses. This includes optimizing the complex cytokine effects, as well as developing innovative devices, processes and data analytics technologies (Drs. Turner and Gopaluni). Mammalian cells are already widely used for the production of therapeutic proteins in the biotechnology industry. Dr. Piret also collaborates with companies to investigate cellular physiology and engineering approaches to better understand and accelerate the development of biotechnology production processes and cell processing devices. The group research topics range from engineering cells to bioprocess engineering.