Our People - Industrial Biotechnology

W. Anderson
519-888-4567 x35011
E6 3018
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Heterogeneous catalysis and process engineering as applied to environmental and biochemical engineering problems.

Research Interests:

  • Pathogen detection, disinfection and sterilization using UV light

  • Photochemistry, photocatalytic applications to water and air treatment

  • Environmental engineering

  • Biotechnology, biofiltration

  • Metal nanoparticle synthesis and applications

  • Process modelling and simulation



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Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Pathogen Detection; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Sensors, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
Eric Croiset
519-888-4567 x36472
E6 3020

Research Interests:

  • CO2 capture from large point sources
  • Large scale optimization of energy systems
  • Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)
  • Syngas/Hydrogen production, Reaction Engineering


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Application Areas→Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling; Discipline Areas→Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
Steve Fischer
519-888-4567, ext. 42368
BMH 1046

Research Interests:

  • Discovering biomechanical determinants of occupational performance

  • Advancing functional capacity evaluation

  • Advancing digital human modeling

  • Inform better, safer products 

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Application Areas→Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Computational Modeling, Machine Learning/AI, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Human Factors, Industrial Biotechnology, Kinesiology
B. Ingalls
519-888-4567 x35457
MC 6116

Research Interests:

  • Mathematical modelling in systems biology
  • Control theory
  • Synthetic biology


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[CBB researcher story] August 6, 2015 "Decreasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria"

[YouTube Lecture] September 30, 2014 "Model-based design in synthetic biology"

Application Areas→Cancer, Disease Modelling, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Infectious Diseases; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Disease Modelling; Discipline Areas→Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology; Faculty→Mathematics
Lyndon Jones
(519) 888-4567 ext. 35030
OPT 375

Research Interests:

  • Clinical trial design
  • Contact lens performance
  • Drug delivery
  • Ocular biomaterials
  • Proteins at interfaces



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University Research Chair

Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:

Application Areas→Aging, Industrial Biotechnology, Optometry, Pathogen Detection, Personalized Medicine, Targeted Drug Delivery, Toxicology, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Diagnostics, Drug Development, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microbiome, Polymer, Sensors, Surface Coating, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Industrial Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Pharmacology, Polymer Chemistry, Toxicology; Faculty→Science; University Research Chairs
Subha Kalyaanamoorthy photo
519-888-4567 x35804
ESC 234

Research Interests:

  • Design/discovery of potential therapeutics to target various diseases
  • Understanding the structure and pharmacology of membrane proteins
  • Development of in silico methods/tools for sequence, structure and functional analysis
  • Inferring the structure-function evolution of proteins
  • Protein engineering for biotechnology and pharmaceutical applications

[American Chemical Society] January 23, 2012 "Exploring Inhibitor Release Pathways in Histone Deacetylases Using Random Acceleration Molecular Dynamics Simulations"

[Wiley Online Library] July 27, 2013 "Ligand release mechanisms and channels in histone deacetylases"

[Royal Society of Chemistry] December 19, 2013 "A steered molecular dynamics mediated hit discovery for histone deacetylases"

[Nature Methods] May 8, 2017 "ModelFinder: fast model selection for accurate phylogenetic estimates"

[Royal Society of Chemistry] October 24, 2017 "Reverse engineering: transaminase biocatalyst development using ancestral sequence reconstruction"

Application Areas→Cancer, Cardiovascular, Data Science, Industrial Biotechnology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Stroke; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Drug Development, Machine Learning/AI, Polymer, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Synthetic Biology; Faculty→Science
Kaylena Ehgoetz Martens
519-888-4567, ext. 46615
BMH 1054

Research interests:

  • Aging and neurodegeneration
  • Movement disorders
  • Gait kinematics
  • Neuropsychology and neurocognitive assessment
  • Mood, emotion and cognition
  • Fear, threat, anxiety and depression
  • Virtual reality

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Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Data Science, Disease Modelling, Fall Prevention, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Personalized Medicine, Rehabilitation, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Diagnostics, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Sensors, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Bioinformatics, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Kinesiology, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology, Pharmacology, Physiology; Faculty→Applied Health Sciences
Tizazu Mekonnen
519-888-4567 x38914
E6 5010

Research Interests:

  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Renewable polymers: Processing and Chemical Modifications
  • Polymer blends, composites and nanocomposites

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Application Areas→Industrial Biotechnology, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Polymer, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Polymer Chemistry; Faculty→Engineering
George Shaker
+1 519-498-5173
EIT 3123

Alternate Location:

  • Satellite Campus, UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging, Research Building, Sensors and Devices Lab

Research Interests:

  • Bio-wearable electronics and systems
  • Bio-electromagnetics, bio-technology, bio-sensors and energy harvesting systems
  • RF/microwave/millimeter wave/Terahertz (THz) circuits and antenna systems
  • Radio frequency (RF)/microwave packaging and Electromagnetic compatibility 
  • (EMC)/Electromagnetic interface (EMI) analyses
  • Vehicle and UAV wireless communications, navigation systems, and telematics systems
  • Complex propagation and scattering phenomena
  • Devices and novel electromagnetic materials and wireless sensors



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  • Top downloaded paper in Medical Physics (arXiv) – October 2019
  • Best Imaging Paper, CVS, 2018
  • ACM MobileHCI 2017 Best Worskshop Paper Award
  • IEEE APS 2017 SPC Honorable Mention Paper Award
  • IEEE Sensors Most Popular Article (March 2017)
  • IEEE Sensors Annual Volume Cover Page

[CBB Events] November 15, 2019 "Professor Shaker organizes a Health Canada Regulatory insights Workshop"

[CNN] November 11, 2019 "Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths"

[Waterloo News] October 29, 2019 "Advancing healthcare through innovative technology"

[Inside Digital Health] June 3, 2019 "Study: Radar Monitors Sleep with Accuracy Comparable to Current Standards"

[Waterloo News]  June 28, 2018 "AI and radar technologies could help diabetics manage their disease"

[Engineering News] June 28, 2018 "Researchers developing a prick-free glucose monitor"

[RD Magazine] June 28, 2018 "AI and Radar Technologies Could Help Diabetics Manage Their Disease

[Engineering News] July 5, 2016 "Waterloo wins big with tiny power device"

Application Areas→Aging, Data Science, Diabetes, Environmental Biotechnology, Fall Prevention, Healthcare Systems, Industrial Biotechnology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Personalized Medicine, Rehabilitation, Space, Targeted Drug Delivery, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices, Wound Care; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Actuators, Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Public Health, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
Pejoohan Tavassoti
E2 3305

Research Interests:

  • Smart Pavements and Connected Transportation Infrastructure
  • Modern Pavement Instrumentation
  • Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT/E)
  • Advanced Construction Materials Characterization
  • Sustainable Materials and Green Construction Technologies
  • Recycled Materials Valorization in Pavements
  • Application of Nanotechnology
  • Enhanced Pavement Design and Performance Prediction
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence to Pavement Engineering Problems
  • 3D Printing of Cementitious Materials
  • Implications of Climate Change for Pavement Design and Assest Management
  • Multistakeholder Planning in Pavement Engineering and Management
Application Areas→Data Science, Environmental Biotechnology; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Machine Learning/AI, Polymer, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Polymer Chemistry; Faculty→Engineering
Valerie Ward
519-888-4567 x38625
E6 4016

Research interests:

  • Environmental biology, industrial biotechnology, and therapeutics
  • Production of sustainable chemicals
  • Novel bioprocesses for applications in bioresource engineering and biorefining
  • Microalgae, metabolic engineering, and ionic liquid based separations in biological systems

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Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Industrial Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology; Faculty→Engineering
M. Moo-Young
B2 357C

Research Interests:

  • Biopharmaceuticals (therapeutics, treatment of autoimmune diseases, prevent rejection of organ transplants)

  • Industrial biomanufacturing and biotechnology (fermentation, food ingredients, enzymes, biofuels)

  • Environmental management (bioremediation of carcinogenic environmental pollutants, filtration, chromatography)

The Royal Society of Canada Fellow

[YouTube Lecture] September 29, 2014 "Biofuels and Waste Treatment"

[YouTube Lecture] September 19, 2013 "Industrial Biotechnology: Current developments and trends"

[UW Eng-e-news] August 14, 2013 "Engineering Life-enhancing research"

[Waterloo Stories] May 3, 2013 "Can bacteria help create a cheaper fuel for our cars?"

[CBB researcher story] December 6, 2012 "Bringing Bioengineering and Biotechnology to its Fullest Potential"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Drug Development, Polymer, Therapeutics, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Physics, Polymer Chemistry, Synthetic Biology, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Engineering; The Royal Society of Canada Fellows

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