Boris Hinz

Professor, Status Only

Other Appointments

Dip. Biol., Ph.D. 

Cross Appointments

Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME)

Phone 2
Lab: 416-978-6624

Dr. Hinz explores the biomechanical, molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating tissue repair and regeneration in physiologic wound healing and pathologic organ scarring (fibrosis). His research focuses on activated connective tissue repair cells – myofibroblasts.


Distinguished Professor of Tissue Repair and Regeneration, University of Toronto

Senior Editor of The Journal of Wound Repair and Regeneration (WRR) 

Associate Editor of The Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BCB)

Secretary of the Canadian Connective Tissue Society (CCTS)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (ongoing) and President (2011-2013) of the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Dupuytren Society (ongoing)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian Dupuytren Society (ongoing)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wound Healing Society (WHS)

Gant Holder: The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (TRCHR), Connaught Innovation Award Program, E-Rare Joint Transnational Program ‘Development of Innovative Therapeutic Approaches for Rare Diseases’, Collaborative Health Research Programme CIHR/NSERC (CHRP), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ontario Research Foundation (ORF)

Select Publications

Li, C.X.*, Talele, N.P.*, Boo, S.*, Knee-Walden, E., Koehler, A., Kapus, A., Speight, P., Balestrini, J.L., Hinz, B. (2016). Micro RNA-21 preserves the fibrotic mechanical memory of mesenchymal stem cells. Nature Materials (e-pub ahead of print).(*contributed equally)

Talele, N., Fradette, J., Davies, J.E., Kapus, A., and Hinz, B (2015). Expression of α-smooth muscle actin determines the fate of mesenchymal stromal cells. Stem Cell Reports 4, 1016–1030

Hinz, B. (2016) Myofibroblasts, Experimental Eye Research 142:56-70