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
This priority area houses faculty members from Applied Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Kinesiology, Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, Management Sciences, Pharmacy, Physics & Astronomy, School of Public Health & Health Systems, and Systems Design Engineering.
Research efforts in this group focus on topics ranging from novel micro-nano-biomedical sensors, lab-on-the-chip, innovative bio-medical imaging devices and systems, and smart wireless sensor devices, to body-area-network, and large scale eHealth and mobile-Heath system and network technologies.
Faculty in this sub-group explore science and technology related not only to optical imaging but also to additional parts of the electromagnetic spectrum such as X-ray and terahertz radiation. The imaging and sensor research being carried can be broadly grouped under imaging theory, biomedical image or signal acquisition technology, signal processing and image analysis techniques. Some key areas include Medical Imaging Systems, Micro and Nanodevices, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Optics, Advanced Targeted Delivery Systems, Vision Science, Nano-medicine and Lab-on-a-Chip Technology.
The science and technology developed by members of this sub-group finds direct application in medical and life sciences areas including the emerging fields of personal health and mobile health sensors. Furthermore, the research is also applicable to adjacent fields such as industrial imaging, machine vision, and materials science.
Researchers in this group in general lead multidisciplinary research with an ultimate goal of developing products and services that can revolutionize the current levels of High Throughput Screening analysis, which is a high demand in many different areas such as pharmaceutical, material, environmental and life science fields. Microfluidics which is deep rooted in physics, engineering and surface chemistry has been proven powerful as a platform technology for integrating multiple functionalities for high throughput screening analysis.
Research in this field span from fundamental studies on microfluidic transport phenomena that would lead to models and tools for design and optimization purposes to the development of advanced fabrication and characterization technologies which allow high quality products to be developed and application oriented studies.
Applications: Drug discovery, life science research, material synthesis with well controlled properties, environmental monitoring.
Mobile technologies within health services and focus on the use of informatics to aid in the collection, management, and analysis of clinical health data.
Applications: ehealth and mobile health technologies, handheld diagnostic devices