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 130 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

A Message from the Centre's Director

At the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, we have over 130 researchers working in areas as diverse as new pharmaceutical delivery systems, lab testing on technologies as small as a computer chip, better and lower cost imaging systems, and software solutions for healthcare.  Our researchers span all departments of the faculties of engineering and science, and includes researchers from other faculties as well. The common thread between researchers is a dedication to understanding how technology can work in conjunction with biology and people to make a better world.

The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology is focused on partnerships.  Success in this area requires strong partnerships between researchers, students, industry, healthcare and government. For this reason, the Centre welcomes members from these communities and encourages them to join the Centre and participate in our research.  We host industry focus days, seminars, workshops, student events, and help build the right teams to tackle the toughest problems.  Come join us, and work towards a better, healthier world through technology.

- Catherine Burns, Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology

  1. July 16, 2018CBB Executive Director, Catherine Burns, awarded NSERC CREATE grant

    $1.65 million will support launch of new biomedical technology graduate program.

  2. July 13, 2018Quick Chat: Waterloo Professor Dr. Trevor Charles

    NATHAN BRANIFF - JULY 13, 2018

    This month we discuss synbio, regulation, and science advocacy with Professor Trevor Charles. Dr. Charles has been a professor in the department of biology at the University of Waterloo for 20 years and has been a strong advocate for synthetic biology research, both at Waterloo and in Canada.

  3. June 28, 2018Hamid Tizhoosh; Partners employing AI to help speed up the diagnosis phase Hamid Tizhoosh at Huron Digital Pathology, a St. Jacobs-based producer of digital imaging technology. Tizhoosh is the director of KIMIA Labs at the University of Waterloo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute, and the lead researcher on the project. [Faisal Ali / The Observer]

    Waiting for the results of a biopsy can be an harrowing experience.

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  1. July 17, 2018CBB Workshop Series

    July 17 Workshop: Microbiology in Life (5:30pm to 7:30pm)

    Lab skills are essential for any wet-lab research. In this workshop, you will learn about fundamental microbiological wet lab techniques as you are guided through various lab activities including Streak Plating and Microscopy. You will also hear from Dr. Trevor Charles, an expert in microbiology research, about his exciting work in the field.

  2. July 24, 2018CBB Workshop Series

    July 24 Workshop: Applications of Biosensors and Biosignals (5:30pm - 8:30pm) 

    Get access to some of the latest biosensor and bio-signal hardware used in both, research and industry. Whether you are competing with a friend to control your brain waves through various brain-computer interfaces, trying on prosthetics developed by UW Students, or working through a phonomyographic circuit lab, we’ve got something for everyone

  3. July 30, 2018WIN-CBB Industry Seminar Series: Civil Engineering to Cell Therapy

    Civil Engineering to Cell Therapy: Applying Engineering Principles to Medical Product Development

    The first wave of successful implantable medical devices was successfully realized when physicians and engineers joined together to form cross-functional teams sharing medical, surgical, strength of materials, tribology and manufacturing methods.

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