Chris Backhouse
519-888-4567 x31467
QNC 3622

Research Interests:

  • Quantum devices (High and low Tc tunnel devices, nanobiotechnology-based devices)
  • Biomedical engineering, MEMS/MOEMS and CMOS integration
  • Lab on chip, medical diagnostic and microfluidic devices
  • Remote sensing and radio astronomy
Application Areas→Healthcare Systems, Industrial Biotechnology, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
M. Foldvari
519-888-4567 x21306
PHR 3003

Research Interests:

  • Intelligent drug delivery system design (dermal, transdermal, transmucosal, ocular, and intranasal) for Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Cancer, Immunology (Glaucoma, neural degenerative disorders, HPV, LSIL/CIN I, cervical cancer, Scleroderma)

  • Non-invasive drug delivery technologies, biomolecular devices

  • Gene therapy, protein, and vaccine development

  • Nanomedicine, pharmaceutical development

  • Nanotoxicology (nanomaterials, bioimaging, biomarkers)



[Global Impact] [CBC] April 30, 2018 "Working with gene therapy to treat glaucoma"

[Waterloo Stories] July 5, 2012 "Revolutionary drug delivery"

Application Areas→Infectious Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Personalized Medicine, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Drug Development, Gene Therapy, Imaging, Microfluids, Therapeutics, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biomedicine, Bionanotechnology, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Nanotechnology, Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Engineering, Toxicology; Faculty→Science
V. Karanassios
C2 277

Research Interests:

  • Micro and nano-analytical chemistry
  • Micro and nano samples
  • Micro-miniaturization (lab-on-a-chip)


[YouTube] June 7, 2013 "Energy scavenging to power remote sensors"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Diagnostics, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Polymer; Discipline Areas→Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Chemistry, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Science
P. Levine
519-888-4567 x31414
E5 4012

Research Interests:

  • Integrated microsystems for clinical and environmental monitoring

  • Combining complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits with novel materials, structures, or devices to enable non-traditional life science and bio-diagnostic applications

  • CMOS-integrated biochemical assays

  • Semiconductor integrated circuits and sensors, design and test of 3D integrated circuits

  • Micro/nano fabrication, lab-on-a-chip devices

  • Electrochemical biosensors

  • Electrophysiology

  • DNA sequencing

  • Image sensors


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Application Areas→Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Diagnostics, Gene Therapy, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
D. Li
519-888-4567 x38682
ERC 2008

Research Interests:

  • Microfluidics and nanofluidics
  • Lab-on-a-chip, diagnostic devices (biomedical, environmental, food safety)
  • Interfacial Phenomena

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Application Areas→Cancer, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Microfluids; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Biophysics, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Physics; Faculty→Engineering
Chandra Madhuranthakam
519-888-4567 x31662
E6 5108

Research Interests:

  • Static mixer and microreactor technology
  • Polymer reaction engineering and polymer processing
  • Waste minimization and green engineering
  • Micro Process Systems Engineering - Design and Operation of Microfluidic reactors for efficient synthesis of biodiesel and complex copolymers.

  • Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming and Global Optimization Algorithms.

  • Modeling and Optimal Control for Complex Biochemical Reaction Systems.

  • Applied Statistics- Modeling, Design of Experiments, Parameter Estimation


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Application Areas→Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Microfluids, Polymer; Discipline Areas→Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Polymer Chemistry; Faculty→Engineering
P. Nieva
519-888-4567 x37786
E3 4115

Research Interests:

  • Point-of-care diagnostic systems and monitoring (healthcare, wearable technology, sensors and devices)

  • Biosensors - Protein sensor for Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and point-of-care medical diagnostics (biomarkers)

  • Hybrid and electric vehicles (lithium ion batteries, power management, energy storage, sensors)

  • Micro-electromechanical systems/nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) for harsh environments (automotive, aerospace, turbomachinery, oil-well/logging, nuclear power, communications)

  • MEMS/NEMS, nanomaterials, biosensors, devices, biomanipulators, biosystems, packaging, microassembly

  • Micropower generation, microfabrication, self-contained integrated microsystems


[Waterloo Stories] July 5, 2012 "A tiny machine to predict heart attacks"

[Waterloo Engineering] April, 2015 "Tiny technology to prevent the risk of skipping a beat or worse"

Application Areas→Cardiovascular, Healthcare Systems, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
Zhao Pan photo
519-888-4567 x38631
ERC 2028

[Science Mag] June 6, 2016 "This desert moss can water itself with fog"

[Nature] June 08, 2016 "How desert moss drinks from air"

[PNAS] June 22, 2017 "Cavitation onset caused by acceleration"

Application Areas→Biomechanics, Cardiovascular, Data Science, Industrial Biotechnology, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Microfluids, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Biology, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Kinesiology, Physics, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
Mahla Poudineh photo
519-888-4567 x33319
QNC 3622
Application Areas→Cancer, Diabetes, Infectious Diseases, Pathogen Detection, Personalized Medicine; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Biotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
C. Ren
519-888-4567 x38233
E3 2108G
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Expertise in microfluidics, Lab-on-a-Chip technology, protein and DNA separation towards disease diagnosis and drug discovery, living cell analysis and water toxicity testing.

Research Interests:

  • Protein and DNA separation analysis towards disease diagnosis and drug discovery

  • Biosensing and Devices (bacterial, proteins, fluorescence)

  • Living cell analysis and water toxicity testing

  • Lab-on-a-Chip technology (point-of-care biomedical diagnosis , chemical detection, protein separation and identification, environmental testing)

  • Micro-scale fluid mechanics, droplet microfluidics and nanofluidics

  • High Throughput Screening For Drug Screening
  • Manufacturing Nanomaterials and Carbon Management



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Canada Research Chair in Lab-on-a-Chip Technology [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Waterloo Stories] June 14, 2012 "Creating the tiny future of science"

Application Areas→Healthcare Systems, Infectious Diseases, Pathogen Detection, Personalized Medicine, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Actuators, Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs
Manoj Sachdev
519-888-4567 x33370
E5 4027

Research Interests:

  • Flexible and wearable electronics

  • Displays (television, cell phone, and computer)

  • Solid-state lighting

  • Digital circuit design for low power, low voltage applications

  • High performance mixed-signal circuit design

  • Robust design practices for VLSI

  • VLSI testing and design for testability techniques for current and logic testing

  • VLSI quality, reliability and yield improvement techniques


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Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:

Application Areas→Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Medical Devices, Microfluids; Discipline Areas→Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
David Simakov
519-888-4567 x37048
E6 2020

Research Interests:

  • Microalgae
  • Microfluidics
  • Biophotoreactors
  • Biomass conversion
  • Heterogeneous catalysis

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[Engineering News] March 9, 2018 "Finds manure can yield energy and ease global warming"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Pathogen Detection; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Microfluids; Discipline Areas→Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
519-888-4567 x38037
QNC 4618

Research Interests:

  • Nanomaterials, nanodevices, biosensors for applications in food processing, bioreactors and biotechnology, natural gas purification, fuel cell, and water purification

  • Nano-Bio Hybrids for Tissue Engineering and Medicine for drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

  • Bio-molecule assisted nanomaterial self-assembly

  • Health and environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials

Application Areas→Disease Modelling, Environmental Biotechnology, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfluids, Sensors, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Bionanotechnology, Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Science

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