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. Mar. 22, 2019Shi Cao talks to 570 News about wearable technology applications and challengesShi Cao

    Shi Cao, Assistant Professor from Systems Design Engineering was featured on 570 news Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke to talk about wearable technology, its applications and challenges.  Listen online at the 24:00 minute mark.

  2. Feb. 20, 2019John McPhee and researchers develop 3D-printed device for wheelchair curlers for better shot control

    John McPhee thought it would be easy to design a device to give Canada’s competitive wheelchair curlers better control of their shots.

    Eighteen months and seven prototypes later, he doesn’t mind admitting it hasn’t been easy at all.

    The surprisingly complex problem has so far required hundreds of hours of work by McPhee, a systems design engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, and four of his students.

  3. Feb. 19, 2019Clark Dickerson talks about how to make the push-up work for you

    If you want to improve your golf swing, softball pitch, or tennis serve, the push-up is for you.

    The push-up is a highly adaptable exercise that can be tailored to help individuals with specific needs, say a team of UWaterloo researchers who studied a modified push-up, called a ‘push-up plus.’

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  1. May 26 to 28, 2019SynBio 4.0: Canadian Synthetic Biology SymposiumSynBio 4.0: Canadian Synthetic Biology Symposium

    The 4th Canadian Synthetic Biology Symposium will be held at the University of Waterloo May 26th-28th, 2019. This symposium aims to bring the Canadian research community together to celebrate our progress in this exciting, fast-growing field. This event will provide a forum for our trainees to develop their skills in the science and business of synthetic biology.

  2. May 30, 2019Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Health in Aging and DiseaseFaculty Networking Events

    Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Health in Aging and Disease

    Events are open to industry, faculty and post docs - please register to attend to ensure there is enough pizza for everyone!

    The goals of the events are to: 

    1. support faculty research networking
    2. provide an opportunity to create teams to apply for major grants under a given theme


    10:30 - Poster setup, coffee, networking
    11:00 - Lab Ignite pitch presentations (3-5 minutes each)
    11:45 - Keynote speaker: Karim Khan, UBC
    12:30 - Light lunch, lab posters, networking
    1:00 - Optional: Lab tours upon request

    Keynote speaker: 

    • Karim Khan

      Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
      Professor and Education Lead for the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
      Dept of Family Practice and School of Kinesiology, UBC
      Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine

    [More information of confirmed researchers and posters]

  3. May 31, 2019Biomedical Discussion Group: Dr. Blanka Sharma, University of FloridaBlanka Sharma

    Poster Dr. Blanka Sharma

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