Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology
University of Waterloo, East Campus 4, Room 2001
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo , Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada
519-888-4567 Ext 32732
Dr. Christopher Backhouse accepts the position as Associate Director for the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
He will be taking over for previous Centre Associate Director Dr. Karim Karim.
Christopher Backhouse has served on the CBB Board of Directors since 2016, the WIN Board of Directors since 2012, is a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and has developed quantum and biomedical devices and their instrumentation, both in industry and in academic research. His present activities are largely focused upon lab-on-chip devices and applications, with particular interests in CMOS integration and quantum applications to biological systems. In 2011, he moved from the University of Alberta to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. From 2012-2014 he was the Director of the Nanotechnology Engineering program.
Chris believes that the CBB has an important role to play with the many biotechnology/nanobiotechnology activities at the UW - although the level of research activity is high and diverse, that diversity has not facilitated international recognition, nor communication. At the same time, this area seems poised for significant growth - the strengthening of the community and its communication would facilitate that growth. Chris looks forward to aiding this effort and feels that it is of critical importance.
Chris will be retire his role on the CBB Board of Directors in order to facilitate his new duties and efforts in his position as Associate Director for a three (3) year period starting January 2018.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.