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Achieving Excellence

Through Incluvisity and Diversity

Training Environment, Philosophy, Supervision and Mentoring

Our lab is a positive and collaborative environment that prepares trainees for highly successful careers in science and engineering fields of academia, industry, and government. We work in a unique interdisciplinary environment, as we are located in the state-of-the-art Versiti Blood Research Institute. We collaborate closely with the Medical College of Wisconsin, providing multiple opportunities for knowledge translation, including community outreach, media contact, and commercialization of findings.

Trainees use these opportunities to build networks with leading researchers and industry partners to support their current research and to explore future career opportunities.

Kastrup Lab Personnel

We are an inclusive and diverse group and we strive to promote the advancement of under-represented groups in the natural science and engineering as a means to enhance excellence in research and training. Dr. Kastrup interacts with each trainee multiple times each week, both in group and individual meetings, to discuss research progress and to provide individualized support. Graduate students take the lead on writing their papers and assist in writing grants, developing scientific writing and fund-raising skills that are directly applicable to both academic and non-academic professions. This is demonstrated by their high success rate for awards and fellowships: each PhD student has received fellowships and awards of $8k to $130k, with a total of 7 fellowships from CIHR and NSERC since 2012.


Christian Kastrup is an Associate Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at UBC, and is a member of the Centre for Blood Research and Associate Member of the School of Biomedical Engineering.

He received his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Chicago, where he specialized in chemical biology, microfluidics, and blood coagulation biochemistry with Rustem Ismagilov. During his postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, he specialized in engineering biomaterials for drug delivery to blood vessels with Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson. His lab at UBC utilizes biochemical engineering to solve problems related to hemostasis and thrombosis. They investigate, utilize, and mimic the biochemistry and biophysical dynamics of blood coagulation to create innovative materials that perform new functions inside of blood vessels. His accolades include the Sir Major Banting Award from the True Patriot Love Foundation, being a MSFHR Scholar, a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, and holding a CIHR Foundation Grant. He is the Chief Scientific Officer and a founding member of CoMotion Drug Delivery Systems, Inc., a UBC based startup, which is currently working to develop a hemostatic agent for severe combat and surgical hemorrhage.


Dr. Katherine Badior

Postdoctoral Fellow

Publications and Awards:

  • Dr. Badior is currently undertaking a co-supervised PDF with Eric Jan and Christian Kastrup
  • PhD Biochemistry, University of Alberta
  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Calgary
  • 6 Publications, 2 first-authorships prior to joining Kastrup lab

Awards: MSL Trainee Award


Dr. Mitchell Dyer

Adjunct Associate Investigator, Versiti Blood Research Institute

Publications and Awards:

  • MS, University of Pittsburgh
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • BS, University of Wisconsin Madison

Rachel Dziekan

Student Researcher, Wisconsin Lutheran College


Michael England

Project Specialist

Publications and Awards:

  • Certificate in Project Management - University of British Columbia
  • MM - Northwestern State University
  • BA - Northwestern State University

Francesca Ferraresso

Graduate Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Publications and Awards:

  • BSc. Biochemistry, University of British Columbia
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics, 2022*

Awards: CBR-SBME Summer Studentship, CBR Research Day People's Choice Award


Dr. Laura Ketelboeter

Research Scientist I

  • PhD. Microbiology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • BS. Biology University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Dr. Manoj Paul

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Ph.D., BioChemistry, University of Mysorea

Noah Peng

Graduate Student, Biochemistry, Medical College of Wisconsin

Publications and Awards:

  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of British Columbia

Dr. Monica Seadler

Surgical Resident, Medical College of Wisconsin

Publications and Awards:

  • B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Science, Saint Louis University
  • MD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Awards: Commitment to Teaching Honoree, Key to the Future Award, ACLS Missouri Chapter New Professional of the Year, President’s Student of the Year Award, Omicron Sigma Award, Anna Warren Oller Award, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Alpha Eta Student Research Award, DeNardo Research Scholarship


Chad Skaer

B.A. Biology, Lawrence University


Dr. Halen Turner

Surgical Resident

  • M.D, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Dr. Steven Vitullo

Research Program Administrator

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Marquette University - Milwaukee
  • Master of Science,Electrical Engineering,Marquette University - Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Youjie Zhang

Graduate Student Biomedical Eng. MCW-Marquette Joint Program

Publications and Awards:

  • M.Eng.Biomedical Engineering Marquette University B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering Milwaukee School of Engineering
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Christian Kastrup Laboratory
The Kastrup Lab is a group of biochemists and engineers working towards gaining a deeper upstanding of how clotting is regulated, enabling the development of novel therapeutics for hemostasis and thrombosis.
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