Mark Gillrie

Dr. Mark Gillrie



Assistant Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Medicine | Infectious Diseases

Full Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Full Member

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Associate Member

Schulich School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Human Infectious Diseases on a Chip

Our lab utilizes cutting-edge 3D human tissue engineering techniques to integrate complex cell structures with physiologic mechanical forces. These organ on a chip models are used to study immune responses to globally important human infectious diseases. We are collaborating with a number of groups locally to advance new organ on a chip models to untangle the importance of communication between organ-specific cell types and immune cells that result in protection and harm during human infection. Please see our lab website link above for more details. 

We currently have projects focused on:

  1. Airway microbiome in critical illness (Collaborators Drs B. McDonald and C. Thornton)
  2. Bacterial pneumonia (Collaborators Drs B. Surewaard and J. Kellner)
  3. Alveolar Macrophages (Collaborators Drs B. McDonald, R. Leigh, D. McKay)
  4. Vaping-induced lung injury (Collaborators Drs M. Kelly, R. Leigh, D. Proud, M. Amrein)
  5. Viral pneumonia (Collaborator Dr B. Yipp)


  • COVID-19 Pandemic Response Funding, CIHR. 2021
  • COVID-19 Clinical Trials - CONCOR-1, Clinical Research Fund | CCCR - Cumming School of Medicine. 2021
  • Health Effects of Vaping, CIHR Catalyst. 2021
  • COVID-19 Infrastructure Award for BSL3 Facility, Canadian Foundations for Innovation . 2021
  • CFI BRIF CL3 Upgrade Competition , Canadian Foundations for Innovation . 2022
  • John R Evans Leaders Fund - , Canadian Foundations for Innovation JELF . 2022
  • Organs on a Chip in Infectious Diseases, Alberta Technology and Innovation . 2023
  • Snyder Clinical Incubator - Alveolar Macrophages in S. aureus pneumonia, Joan, Calvin and Phoebe Snyder Institute . 2023
  • One Child Every Child Incubator Grant - Therapeutic antibodies in S. pneumoniae pneumonia, ACHRI - One Child Every Child Initiative. 2024

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Please see lab website link above for more details on projects, collaborations and available positions