Welcome to the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology at the University of Waterloo

The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology is a catalyst for advancing bioengineering and biotechnology research and innovation through industry collaborations and partnerships.  

More than 150 faculty members, from every faculty on campus, are actively engaged with the centre, working in collaboration to provide a resource of varying expertise.

Our mandate is to build healthy, active partnerships between centre researchers and corporate members through collaborative projects, mutual interest building, and networking events.

To learn more about partnerships, please email us

Vision:

The Centre for Bioengineering & Biotechnology (CBB) enables interdisciplinary research across the university to address global challenges in human health and help translate those research results rapidly into practice, policy and impactful health outcomes. Achieving this vision will help the University of Waterloo to cement an international reputation at the interface of technology and human health.

Mission:

To achieve this vision, CBB's mission is to:  

  • Enable knowledge translation and support of the interdisciplinary research community through seminars, networking opportunities, and support of student groups 
  • Be a conduit to Waterloo's ecosystem of unique health related R&D and clinical resources 
  • Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders in technology, human, animal and environmental health and practice including industry, hospitals, community, and international bodies
  • Provide Project Coordination/Management for large/inter-institutional projects
    1. Nov. 18, 2020Dr. Vivek Goel, leading public-health researcher, named as next president and vice‑chancellor of the University of Waterloo
      Vivek Goel

      Dr. Vivek Goel is recognized in Canada and around the world as a leading public-health researcher, health-services evaluation expert, and champion for the use of research evidence in health policy making.

      He also currently serves on the boards of the Vector Institute, TRIUMF, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canada Health Labs, and the Post Promise.

    2. Oct. 22, 2020World's largest human tissue archive adopts Waterloo search system developed by CBB member Himid Tizhoosh and his team at KIMIA Lab
      Hamid Tizhoosh

      Technology developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo has been adopted by a major pathology facility in the United States.

      The Joint Pathology Center (JPC), which has the world’s largest collection of preserved human tissue samples, will use an artificial intelligence (AI) search engine to index and search its digital archive as part of a modernization effort.

    3. Oct. 19, 2020New laser imaging project led by CBB member Parsin Haji Reza could precisely guide doctors during brain surgery
      doctor observing brain images

      Researchers have taken an important step in the development of a microscope to precisely guide doctors during surgery to remove brain tumors

      For the first time, a team led by engineers at the University of Waterloo used laser imaging technology to almost instantly identify cancerous tissue with accuracy comparable to laboratory tests that take up to two weeks.

      That means the Photoacoustic Remote Sensing (PARS) imaging system could tell doctors where a tumor ends and healthy tissue begins so they know exactly where to cut.

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    1. Mar. 24 to 25, 2021University of Waterloo Virtual Conference on Aging, COVID-19 and the Adoption of Health Technology
      University of Waterloo Virtual Conference on Aging, COVID-19 and the Adoption of Health Technology header

      This free virtual event takes place over two afternoons and examines the promise and limits of technology to promote successful longevity by featuring a diverse group of leaders. Speakers include aging and technology researchers, clinicians and frontline workers, members of advocacy groups, policymakers, technology officers from industry and visionaries that have implemented innovative models for supporting older adults.

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