Alim Mitha

Assistant Professor

Clinical Neurosciences

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Research and teaching

Research activities

My primary research interests involve the use of tissue engineering techniques to treat cerebrovascular disorders. Specifically, my graduate degree focused on endothelial progenitor cells embedded in a biopoymer to treat intracranial aneurysms. Tissue engineering techniques, however, can also be used to treat other conditions such as atherosclerotic disease and stroke. A secondary interest of mine is the development of novel biomedical materials and devices to act as scaffolds for the local delivery of engineered cells and tissue factors.   


I completed my MD at the University of Alberta and subsequently my residency training in neurosurgery at the University of Calgary. Following this, I completed two years of clinical fellowships at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona; one year in cerebrovascular/skull base neurosurgery with Dr. Robert F. Spetzler, and an additional year in endovascular neurosurgery with Dr. Felipe C. Albuquerque and Dr. Cameron G. McDougall. During residency, I completed a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Harvard University, allowing me to cultivate my research interests.