John A. Szivek

Joint Faculty
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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Biomaterials, Engineering College, University of Toronto, 1984
MS, Biomaterials, Engineering College, University of Toronto, 1979
BS, Metallurgy and Material Science, Engineering College, University of Toronto, 1977

Research Interests

  • Orthopaedic biomaterials
  • Implantable load sensors
  • Implantable telemetry
  • Musculoskeletal tissue regeneration using adult stem cell therapy

Teaching Interests

Orthopaedic biomaterials and biomechanics


John Szivek’s research interests are in the understanding of activity-induced tissue regeneration and healing.

He has used implantable sensors in conjunction with in vivo studies to measure physiological loading and bench top testing and modeling to extend the understanding of the loading environment experience by musculoskeltal tissues. In addition, he has carried out cell culture studies using animal and human adult stem cells to understand the effect of loading on tissue formation and healing.

He has over 200 published works and has disclosures that can lead to patents in these areas. He is primarily appointed in orthopaedic surgery and secondary appointments in biomedical engineering, aerospace mechanical Engineering, materials science and engineering, and the physiological sciences GIDP. He is a member of the UA BIO5 Institute and a member of the Society for Biomaterials, the Orthopedic Research Society, the Tissue Engineering Society and the Academy of Surgical.

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