Tina Rinker

Dr. Kristina Rinker, PhD, PEng



Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering


Libin Cardiovascular Institute

Full Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 210-9733

For media enquiries, contact

Joe McFarland
Media Relations and Communications Specialist

Cell: +1.403.671.2710
Email: Joe.Mcfarland@ucalgary.ca


Educational Background

Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama, 1992

Doctor of Philosophy Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1998

Research Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, 2000


Areas of Research

Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Our research focuses on how blood flow affects cell and tissue behavior with relevance to cardiovascular health and disease, stem cells, and cancer. Cells are strongly affected by environmental conditions and adapt by changing their physiology to better suit new environments. One strong environmental factor is fluid flow. Fluid forces resulting from fluid flow can modulate events such as bacterial infection, mammalian cell viability in culture, cancer metastasis, stem cell differentiation, and susceptibility to disease in blood vessels. Understanding the components and mechanisms for cellular response to fluid forces may therefore help us better inhibit infections, more effectively produce bioproducts from mammalian cell culture, and better develop diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Our work is highly collaborative locally and internationally and has a translational focus around molecular diagnostics, tissue models and devices, drug target identification, and testing of pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles and MRI contrast agents.


In the News

  • New clues about heart health uncovered by team of biomedical engineers. An engineering school isn’t where you normally hear about advancements that could improve heart health, but researchers at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineer. University of Calgary News Release. (2011)